To maintain a clean and safe environment, it is crucial to take responsibility for cleaning up after your dog.

Dog waste can harbor harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses, posing a significant health risk to individuals, especially children.

If you come across areas where dog fouling has taken place, there is no need to report it as our dedicated street cleaning schedule includes routine maintenance in those areas.

What to do with the waste

If properly bagged dog waste can be disposed of in street litter bins if one is present, if not, please take your dog waste home and dispose of in your grey household 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 £100 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.

Report someone who hasn't cleaned up after their dog

If you see someone not cleaning up after their dog please report this and we will investigate further: