Dog bins and fouling

We take dog fouling very seriously as dog mess is not only unpleasant but it spreads diseases, which can cause illness and even blindness.

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 a person who is in charge of a dog must clean up after it when it fouls any footpath, highway, verge or other open space to which the public have access. It is therefore a crime to allow a dog to foul in any public area without clearing it up. Those that fail to do so could face a fixed penalty notice of £50 or prosecution.

Here some tips to avoid a fine:

  • never let your dog walk far from you as this makes it difficult to see when they foul
  • always carry a bag when walking your dog so you can clean up. If you do not have a bag ask another dog walker if they have a spare bag
  • encourage your dog to stay on the perimeters of fields or pitches to prevent any fouling causing harm to other people
  • don't allow your dog to roam on its own as it could be taken away as a stray - collar and ID tag as well as microchipping are now required by law.

If you see a dog owner allowing their dog to foul and not picking it up, take details of anything that might help us identify them and contact Environmental Protection (see contact section of this page).

Dog hygiene bins

There are more than 300 dog hygiene bins in the district which are mostly provided by the town/parish councils. In addition to those this council supplies dog bins on its own public open spaces. The council arranges (through a contractor) for the emptying of all dog hygiene bins on behalf of the town and parish councils.

Reporting a full bin

If you would like to report a bin that has not been regularly emptied, please email the council's waste contractor Biffa, at or telephone the hotline on 03000 610610 quoting:

  • the road name where the bin is located
  • the bin reference number (which can be found on a sticker on the bin).

Alternatively, please contact Environmental Services using the online form below:

Dog Fouling Signs

The placement and fitting of dog fouling signs is the responsibility of your town or parish council. To request a new or replacement sign please contact your local council.

Last reviewed: 21 - 01 - 2019

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