Dog Control Orders
Using powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, Epping Forest District Council has introduced three Dog Control Orders (DCO) making it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to:
fail to remove dog faeces deposited on any publicly accessible land within the district
fail to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer, on any publicly accessible land within the district
fail to limit the number of dogs which a person may take onto publicly accessible land within the district to four dogs
The DCO came into full force on 14 January 2013. The DCO apply to all land which is open to the air (including covered land which is open to the air on at least one side) and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access with or without payment within the whole of the administrative area of Epping Forest District Council. Copies of the Dog Control Orders and maps identifying the land where the orders apply (the whole of the district) can be found below. Copies can also be inspected and obtained from the council's Civic Offices (at the address given below).
Accessibility versions (unsealed):
The penalty on conviction for failure to comply with a DCO is a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale (£1000 as of January 2013) or payment of a fixed penalty (currently £75 if paid within 14 days or £50 if paid within 10 days).
Before deciding on whether or not to adopt the DCO, the Council consulted on the proposed orders for a 2 month period between 2 August and 2 October 2012. The full results of the consultation and any additional comments can be found here:
Following the full consultation process and consideration of the issues raised, these findings were reported to the Council’s Cabinet meeting on 3 December 2012, with the recommendation that the Council adopts the three dog control orders as proposed.
It was decided at that cabinet meeting, that in light of the results of the consultation, the three proposed DCO be adopted by the Council in principle, subject to confirmation of the final wording by the Director of Environment & Street Scene. The full decision can be seen here (item 76):
The Council has also compiled a list of anticipated “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs):