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Dog Fouling & Dog Control

Information on dog fouling, including how to report dog fouling and dog control including when a lead is required and how many dogs can be walked at any one time.

Dogs on Leads

There are three areas in East Herts where dogs must be kept on leads at all times, these are the allotments at Bentley Road, Norwood Close and West Street, Hertford.

Dogs on lead by direction

You must put your dog on a lead when requested to do so by an authorised officer.

Dog Exclusion Areas

Dogs are excluded from children's play areas, fenced games areas (ie tennis courts), bowling greens and marked playing pitches when a game is in progress (ie football pitches).

Maximum number of dogs to be walked at a given time

An individual is not permitted to walk more than four (4) dogs onto any East Herts Council owned land at any one time.

For further information on the Public Spaces Protection Order please view Public Spaces Protection Order.

The penalty

If anyone fails to meet the requirements of the PSPO or to comply with a request from authorised council officer, they could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 on prosecution.

Dog Fouling

You must clear up after your dog on any land in the District

Failure to clear up after a dog is an offence and you will be fined or prosecuted. The order applies to any land within the area administered by the council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access either with or without payment (including woods and agricultural land).

Means to pick up

You must produce a means to pick up your dog's waste when asked to do so by an authorised officer.

Remember you can use Litter Bins to dispose of dog waste too.

To report a damaged or overflowing dog or litter bin

Report dog fouling

You can report dog fouling via our online form below.

Alternatively, you can also report problems to us using our online reporting tool, Fix my Street which allows you to report your problem using a postcode, street name or area. You can also upload photos, track the progress of the issue and check if someone else has already reported a similar issue.

When completing the form, the following information can be helpful in catching the few irresponsible dog owners:

  • Time/date/location of incident
  • Frequency of offence if it happens regularly
  • Description/breed of dog
  • Any other descriptions to help identify the offender (ie car registration number)
  • A photo of the dog/incident is useful to identify the dog (but cannot be used as evidence)
  • Your name/address/phone number
  • Name/address of offender if known

Remember that the more information you can provide, the greater chance there is of the offenders being caught.

If you cannot provide the above information, we can still carry out patrols in your area and provide signage, but the chance of catching the offender is much smaller.

Report dog fouling online

Please complete our online form to report dog fouling:

  1. Label
    1. If you are unable to use this form, please see our Contact Us (this link opens in a new window) for ways of getting in touch
  2. Details of Incident
  3. Your Contact Details
  4. Data Protection Clause
    1. For the purposes of current data protection laws the information you supply the Council as part of your application will be used for the purposes of dealing with your request and retained as per our published corporate data protection privacy policy which can be found on the East Herts District Council Data Protection page (this link opens in a new window).

      From time to time this information may be shared with other Council departments and / or outside partners to process your request as effectively as possible. Please confirm you have read the above privacy notice
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