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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, on any land to which this order applies he does not keep the dog on a lead unless:

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

For the purpose of this 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.

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.

Where does the order apply?

This order will apply to all land which is within the administrative area of the Borough of Oldham and which is a cemetery and its boundaries including the following:


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.