If you fail to clean up after your dog you're committing a criminal offence under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

We patrol local areas to proactively monitor dog fouling and use signs to highlight the fines you'll face if you fail to clean up after your dog.

FPNs cannot be issued in respect of other pets which are free-roaming, such as cats.

If you receive an FPN for dog fouling

Find out what happens when you receive an FPN and how to pay an FPN for dog fouling.

Read more about Fixed Penalty Notices on GOV.UK.

Report dog fouling

Report dog fouling to our Neighbourhood Enforcement Team by providing information such as:

  • the date and time that you witnessed the offence
  • the location where you witnessed the offence
  • description of dog
  • description of owner
  • address of owner (if known)
  • your name and contact details (which will remain confidential)

We'll issue an FPN for dog fouling if you're able to provide a full witness statement that contains sufficient evidence to identify the offender and demonstrate a prosecutable offence has taken place.

Report dog waste

Report dog waste online if you wish to report dog waste at a certain location, but did not witness the incident.

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