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.
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.
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.
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:
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