Dog control orders protect the public from problems that may be caused by dogs in public areas.

The order

A person in charge of a dog shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time, he takes the dog onto, or permits the dog to enter or to remain, on any children's play area to which this order applies unless:

  • They have a reasonable excuse for doing so, or
  • The owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of this land has consented (generally or specifically) to his doing so.

The offence does not apply to a person who:

  • Is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948, or
  • Is deaf, in respect of a dog trained by the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (registered charity number 293358) and upon which he relies for assistance, or
  • Has a disability which affects his mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which he relies for assistance.

For the purposes of the order, a person who habitually has a dog in his possession shall be taken to be in charge of the dog at any time unless at that time some other person is in charge of the dog.

Each of the following is a prescribed charity:

  • Dogs for the Disabled (registered charity number 700454)
  • Support Dogs (registered charity number 1088281)
  • Canine Partners for Independence (registered charity number 803680)

A person who is guilty of an offence shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Affected children's play areas

These parks contain affected children's play areas. The whole park is not an exclusion zone.

Fines

It is an offence to breach this dog control order.

If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice, 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 at Oldham's Magistrates Court).

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