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

Maximum Number of Dogs Order

A person in charge of more than four dogs shall be guilty of an offence if, at any time, they take on to any land in respect of which this order applies more than the maximum number of four dogs 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.

For the purposes of the proposed 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 fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

Where does the order apply?

This order applies to land which is within the administrative area of the Borough of Oldham and includes the following parks. 


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.