Dog Control - Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

Since 16 October 2017, all parks and open spaces are controlled by a Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This order imposes various restrictions to dog control and other activities in our parks and open spaces.

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About the PSPO

The Dog Control PSPO replaces the previous Dog Control Orders and as well as other restrictions, includes a restriction on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person. The maximum number of dogs that can be walked by an individual is now four.

Since October 2017 we granted a grace period where no enforcement of this order has taken place. This grace period will come to an end on 1 October 2018, when we will commence enforcement.

Licence and permit applications

We have agreed to issuing 18 professional dog walking licences, allowing those with a permit to walk six dogs. Residents with more than 4 dogs can also apply for a resident permit to walk up to 6 dogs.

Applications are now open. The closing date is Sunday 16 September 2018.

Issued licences and permits will be valid from Monday 1 October 2018.

Licence and permit review

We have committed to carrying out a review of the newly introduced professional dog walking licences and resident permits. Once they are introduced in October 2018, we will commence a period of information recording in order to comprehensively review them.

The information to be gathered will include: 

  • Any compliments, comments or complaints about any dog related issues or the impact seen in parks and open spaces received via the councils contact centre or via parks@richmond.gov.uk.
  • Any compliments, comments or complaints received by Councillors related to the introduction of the licence and permit scheme. Councillors will be asked to forward any feedback whether received orally or in writing to parks@richmond.gov.uk for recording purposes.
  • Police records of reported incidents or crimes relating to or involving dogs on council owned or managed land.
  • Council officers or authorised persons feedback on any impacts on the land or its use, both positive and negative observed during the review period.
  • Friends groups feedback on any impacts on the land or its use, both positive and negative observed during the review period.
  • Any other relevant information available.

In January 2019, officers will compile the information into a report that will be presented to the Cabinet member who will review it with the Assistant Director for Environment (Contracts and Leisure).

Updated: 6 August 2018