Dog Control Orders
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) - Dog Control
Bedford Borough Council has consulted with
its citizens and stakeholders of the Borough for their views
on introducing a single order relating to dogs in the borough -
aiming to create a more consistent approach in the borough and
balance the needs of dog owners and other members of the
Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act
2014 enables the Council to bring in a Public Spaces Protection
Order (PSPO) under new powers introduced by Government.
The council would like to thank all those who took part in the
consultation which is now closed. A report was taken to the
Council’s Executive on 15 June 2016. The report including the
consultation responses received can be
Why is Bedford using PSPO for Dog Control?
The council believes these proposed changes will benefit local
communities, neighbourhoods, and the local economy, as they will
help in the creation and maintenance of clean, safe and healthy
neighbourhoods, town centres and visitor destinations.
How can a PSPO in relation to Dog Control benefit me?
The Council aims to promote responsible dog ownership and reduce
complaints for dog issues such as dog fouling. This allows the
public and especially children access to dog-free or dog-controlled
areas intended for recreational purposes to improve health and
well-being, making Bedford a safe and enjoyable place to live. The
Council intends to reduce and tackle issues relating to dogs
running loose and causing a nuisance to others, and also
to reduce the potential health implications associated
with dog faeces.
The planned proposed PSPO covers four key areas:
The Dogs Exclusion
Order: The effect of the Order is to make it an offence
for a person in charge of a dog to permit the dog to enter or
remain on any land to which this Order applies.
The Dogs On Leads Order: The effect of the
Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to
fail to ensure that a dog is kept on a lead on any land to which
the Order applies.
The Dogs On Leads by Direction Order: The
effect of the Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge
of a dog to fail to put that dog on a lead under the direction of
an authorised officer on any land to which the Order applies.
The Fouling of Land by Dogs Order: The effect
of this Order is to make it an offence for a person in charge
of a dog to fail to remove faeces forthwith from any land to which
the Order applies.
What should I look for?
The PSPO Dog Control signs can be found in many locations around
the borough, especially frequently used public spaces such as the
town centre, cemetery’s and local parks & playgrounds. Each
sign is colour coded for the specific Dog Control and
will usually be located near entrances or exits so members of the
public can view them easily.
The Dog Control Order Schedule can be accessed here.
The areas covered by the proposed PSPO are detailed in the
ward links below:
All areas are subject to regular reviews based on any evidence
and information collated whilst in force.