Dog and animal fouling

We are responsible for keeping the city clean and free of litter and we remove dog mess as part of the street cleaning programme. Dog mess is very unpleasant and can carry disease.

Dog fouling in public places

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, if you are in charge of a dog and it fouls on any land to which the public have access, you are responsible for cleaning it up. If you fail to clean it up immediately, you commit an offence and may receive:

  • a fixed penalty notice of £50
  • a fine of up to £1000 if you are convicted in court.

What can I do if my street has lots of dog mess or I witness a dog fouling?

Complete the litter reporting e-form.  When you report a problem, give as much information as you can so that we can deal with the problem quickly.

If you witness dog fouling, you will need to tell us:

  • the day, date, location and time of the incident
  • a description of the person in charge of the dog
  • a description of the dog that they were walking
  • if they arrived in a vehicle, a description of the vehicle and the registration number
  • how far away you were when the incident occurred
  • what kind of view you had.

Useful forms