The City Council has adopted 'The fouling of land by dogs (City of Newcastle upon Tyne) Order 2012' made under the clean neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 and it became effective in August 2012, replacing equivalent control in place since January 1999.  The order applies to all land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

If someone in control of a dog fails to clear up the mess immediately after the dog has defecated, that person commits an offence. It does not matter if it is in long grass, in the gutter or on the footpath, it all has to be cleared up.

Enforcement action is taken against persons seen to contravene the Order either by prosecution or by means of a fixed penalty notice. The maximum penalty is a fine of £1,000 and the current fixed penalty is £75.

Dog owners are encouraged to train their dogs to foul in their own garden or yard. Should the dog foul in a public place, the deposit should be cleaned up immediately using a plastic bag. The bag should be tied up and disposed of either in the refuse bin at home or in any public litter bin.

Previous control did not apply to land used for agriculture or to roads with a speed limit greater then 40 mph.  The dog control order applies to all publicy accessible land including the Town Moor.

If you would like to report a dog fouling incident please contact Envirocall and ask for Dog Fouling. Dog fouling on pavements will be responded to within 5 working days, dog fouling on a green space as soon as operationally possible or the next programmed visit.

Pay a Fixed Penalty Notice

Please enter the Prefix N and the unique reference number with your Surname and full amount. The unique reference is displayed on the Fixed Penalty Notice. If you cannot find your reference number or have any other questions please contact 0191 278 7878 and ask for 'Fixed Penalty Notice' 

Make a Fixed Penalty Notice payment

For more information please contact the Street Enforcement Team.

Phone: 0191 211 6102

Page last updated: 
8 April 2015
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