Dog Fouling and the Law
Dog fouling is the offence of being in charge of a dog and failing to remove the dog mess from a public place.
On 22nd July 2008, The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Sedgemoor District Council) Order came into effect. It is the responsibility of the dog owner to clean up after the dog if it fouls in a public area. Failure to do so may incur a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75, or a criminal conviction in Court.
It was introduced following a consultation open to residents and organisations. The Order applies to all public land including beaches, along with all locations where the public has permission to access private land.
If you are aware of anyone not clearing up after their dog please report it to us. Any information provided will be treated confidentially.
To report cases of dog fouling in confidence please use the following link to report the matter to the Dog Wardens: Dog and Animal Wardens
To report an area that is badly affected by dog fouling, please contact Clean Surroundings.
What we need to know when you contact us
If you do not know the dog owner, please let us know:
- the time that you witnessed the dog fouling and the location
- a brief description of the dog and the owner.
- Any vehicle details such as the registration number, make and model of any vehicle used by the dog owner.
Please provide as much detail as possible and this will assist the Dog Wardens in their investigation.
If you know the owner and are willing to provide a formal witness statement we can approach the dog owner and in some cases, we may issue a fixed penalty notice.
Report Dog Fouling
If you are aware of a dog owner that does not clean up after their dog please report it by completing a Report Anti-Social Behaviour form or talk to us in confidence on 01278 435294