Public Space Protection Orders- Dog Control

Closed 31 Aug 2020

Opened 3 Aug 2020

Feedback updated 3 Mar 2021

We asked

In October 2020, Birmingham City Council introduced 5 Public Space Protection Orders - Dog Control,. The Orders were brought in to tackle irresponsible dog owners who failed to control or clear up after their dogs. Particular copncerns involved dogs that were allowed to roam loose on the road, dog fouling, and dogs straying onto school land. There was a full public consultation carried out prior to the Orders being made.

You said

367 people replied to the consultation

We did

Birmingham City Council implimented the 5 Public Space Protection Order - Dog Control

Results updated 3 Mar 2021

367 people replied to the consultation on the proposed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) - Dog Control

99.8% in favour of the Dog Fouling PSPO

92.37% in favour of the Dogs on Leads PSPO

95.64% in favour of Dogs on Leads by Direction PSPO

90.46% in favour of the Dog Exclusion PSPO

77.38% in Favour of the Maximum Num,ber of Dogs PSPO

Overview

You may be aware that on 20 October 2017, Birmingham City Council introduced 5 Public Space Protection Orders under The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014; to tackle issues caused by irresponsible dog owners who fail to control or clean up after their pets. Offences are enforced by the City Council Dog Warden/Enforcement Officers by the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice and fine of £100.

The current Public Space Protection Orders are:

1. The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order 2017 – it is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which the public have access. 

2. The Dogs on Leads Order 2017 – it is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead at all times on all public roads, adjoining footways and verges.   
 
3. The Dogs Exclusion Order 2017 – it is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter into or remain in any of the following areas: 
• any clearly demarcated children's play area, and 
• School land. 
 
4. The Dogs on Leads by Direction Order 2017 – it is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to put their dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer on any land to which the public have access and is open to the air.
 
5. The Dogs (specified Maximum) Order 2017 – it is an offence for any person to take more than four dogs onto open land in Birmingham. 
 
 

 

 

Why we are consulting

The current PSPO’s will cease to be in effect from 19 October 2020, it is proposed to extend the 5 Public Space Protection Orders for a further 3 years and as such we are required to carry out a further consultation.

There will be no changes made to the requirements contained in the current Orders which are outlined below; with the exception of The Dogs on Lead Order 2017, it is proposed that this does not apply to designated parks.

Why are there proposed changes to The Dogs on Lead Order 2017?

We would like to provide clarification over the control of dogs in parks. Although dogs should always be under control, they are permitted to be off lead in the city’s parks. There is no expectation however for dogs to be put on a lead whilst on the roads, footpaths and verges within the designated parks across the city and we therefore propose to exempt this land.

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE EXEMPTIONS FOR ASSISTANCE DOGS

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Citizens Satisfaction
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  • Crime & Community Safety