Public Space Protection Orders for Dog Control
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced several new tools and powers for use by councils and their partners to address anti-social behaviour (ASB) in their local areas. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are one of the tools available under the 2014 Act.
Under the 2014 Act, the Dog Control Orders (DCO) detailed below, that were in force as of 20 October 2017 are automatically treated as if they were provisions of a PSPO from that date, for a period of 3 years i.e. until 20 October 2020. There is no requirement in the legislation for councils to undertake a new consultation process where existing DCOs automatically transition to PSPO.
The Council’s DCO (previously introduced using powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005) are now PSPO that will be in place until 20 October 2020, making it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to:
1. Fail to remove dog faeces deposited on any publicly accessible land within the District.
2. 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.
3. Fail to limit the number of dogs which a person may take onto publicly accessible land within the district to four dogs.
The PSPO 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 PSPO (made as DCO in 2013) 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 PSPO is a maximum fine of £1000 or payment of a fixed penalty of £100.
The Council has also compiled a list of anticipated “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs):