Dog fouling | Dog fouling | Oldham Council
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What to do with the waste

  • Place the wrapped droppings in a litter bin
  • Some parks have a special dog waste bin
  • Take them home and put them in your wheelie bin

Remember to wash your hands!

Where do you have to clean up?

Public places e.g.

  • Canal towpaths
  • Footpaths
  • Parks
  • Pavements
  • Roads
  • School playing fields

Where do you not need to clean up?

Registered blind people in charge of a dog do not need to clean up (but any other person exercising a guide dog must clean up).

  • Agricultural land
  • Marshland
  • Moor or heath
  • Private gardens - but you must make sure that you do not allow droppings to create a 'statutory nuisance' and your dog must not stray into your neighbour's garden
  • Roads - where the land is adjacent to roads with a speed limit of more than 40 miles per hour
  • Rural common land
  • Woodland


It is an offence to fail to remove dog faeces deposited by a dog under your control (this applies across the whole borough).

If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice for dog fouling, you have 14 days to pay the £80 penalty.

If no payment is received (or you disagree with the notice) you will be issued a summons (so you will have to appear in court).

If found guilty, you could be fined up to £1,000 for each offence.