Enforcement and legislation

We continuously try to improve safety in our parks and eliminate anti-social behaviour.

Safety in parks

We work closely with the police and the Safer Neighbourhood teams as well as Parkguard who operate a high-visibility patrol service in our parks.

If you witness someone in the process of committing an act such as fly-tipping, causing criminal damage or another emergency in our parks, you should contact the police or relevant emergency service and provide them with as much information as possible.

You can report any other street cleaning problems, such as fly-tipping, graffiti and dog mess, to our Street Scene team. 


Some of our byelaws will also apply to parks and open spaces in the borough.

Public Space Protection Orders

As of 16 October 2017, all parks and open spaces are controlled by Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). These orders impose various restrictions to dog control and other activities in our parks and open spaces.

Dog control

The Dog Control PSPO (pdf, 1.5 MB) replaces our existing Dog Control Orders and includes a restriction on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person. This has now been now been reduced from six to four. 

Licences and permits

We have agreed to issuing 18 professional dog walking licences, allowing those with a permit to walk six dogs on one of six sites across the borough. Residents with more that 4 dogs can also apply for a resident permit to walk up to 6 dogs.

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Reporting a dog related incident

If you would like to report a dog related incident or issue, please use our online form.

Anti-social behaviour

The anti-social behaviour PSPO (pdf, 14.4MB) outlines measures and restrictions to eliminate anti-social behaviour in our parks and open spaces.

Barbecues in parks

Barbecues and open fires are not allowed in Council parks and open spaces and are in breach of our anti-social behaviour PSPO (pdf, 14.4MB).


Our Enforcement Contractor patrol our parks and open spaces to enforce the orders.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding Dog Control or ASB, please contact us on 020 8891 1411 or parks@richmond.gov.uk.

Updated: 21 May 2019