Dog Control Orders
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Dog Control Orders came into force in Calderdale on Monday 3rd September 2012.
The five Orders relate to the control of dogs in outdoor spaces that are accessible to the public, and the requirement for dog owners to clean up forthwith after their dog has fouled.
On the 23rd and 24th August 2012 the Council published a Dog Control Orders Public Notice [PDF file 33KB]| in four local newspapers declaring that the Orders had been made, in accordance with the Dog Control Orders (Procedure) Regulations 2006|.
Which Orders will apply in Calderdale?
- The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Calderdale) Order 2012 [PDF file 90KB]|:
this applies borough-wide, but not to moorland, woodland and Forestry Commission land. It is an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to remove the dog's faeces after the dog has fouled.
- The Dogs on Leads (Calderdale) Order 2012 [PDF file 87KB]|:
it is an offence not to keep a dog under your control on a lead in an area designated as a 'dogs on leads' area, such as a road, pavement, verge, and around unfenced children's play areas, in public car parks, the crematorium and cemeteries, allotments, and on school and religious premises, for example.
- The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Calderdale) Order 2012 [PDF file 88KB]|:
this Order allows you to exercise a dog under your control off lead unless requested to be put on a lead by an Officer of the Council. It is an offence not to comply with such a request. This Order applies to all areas of the borough, other than in the areas to which the Dogs on Leads Order applies.
- The Dogs Exclusion (Calderdale) Order 2012 [PDF file 89KB]|:
it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to enter an area designated as a 'dog exclusion area' such as a designated sports pitch, fenced children's play area, skate parks, bowling greens and tennis courts, for example.
- The Dogs (Specified Maximum) (Calderdale) Order 2012 [PDF file 87KB]|:
you cannot walk more than six dogs in a limited number of named parks and recreation grounds.
Which Orders apply near me?
To see which Orders apply near you, you can search Calderdale maps online: Dog control orders. The maps online provide the name, and an indication of the location and approximate extent of the sites which are covered by the Orders.
Alternatively, view each town page for a list of sites and the Orders which apply to them.
Please note that the 'borough-wide' Orders do not contain a definitive list of sites as they generally apply to the majority of public spaces in the borough.
If you do not comply with any of the Dog Control Orders you could be served with one or more Fixed penalty notices.
The Fixed Penalty is £80 and must be paid within 14 days to avoid prosecution. If found guilty of an offence, a person could be fined a maximum of £1000. The Fixed Penalty is reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days.