Dog control orders

Guidance on Sections 55 to 67 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

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From October 2017, Dog control orders were automatically converted into Public Spaces Protection Orders.

See the current guidance on controlling dogs.


Dog control orders

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This guidance covers the Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties, etc.) Regulations 2006 and the Dog Control Orders (Procedures) Regulations 2006, which implement sections 55 and 56 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 (prescribing offences and penalties to be contained in, and procedures and forms for making, dog control orders), together with the other sections of the Act relating to dog control orders. Dog Control Orders replace the previous system of byelaws for the control of dogs, and also the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, which has been repealed.

This guidance is intended for local authorities, parish councils and for other bodies with powers to make dog control orders; these are defined in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 as either primary or secondary authorities (see paragraphs 17 and 18 below). It will also be relevant for those interested in seeking to introduce dog control orders, and for dog owners who may be affected by them.

Published 1 April 2013