Dog Control Orders and Byelaws: What You Need to Know

Nov 14th, 2008 | By admin | Category: Dog Laws

Dog Control Orders replaced Dog Byelaws in April 2006. Existing byelaws remain in effect until such time as a dog control order for the same issue is made on the same land.

The Dogs Fouling of Land Act 1996 has been repealed but existing designations remain in force until any dog control order is made on the same land.

Dog Control Orders can be made to control:

  • Dog fouling
  • Restriction of dogs from certain land
  • Areas where dogs have to be kept on a lead
  • Areas where dogs have to kept on a lead when instructed
  • Restrictions on multiple dog walking

Unlike Dog Byelaws, Control Orders can be made at a local level by a local authority or a parish council. Breach of a control order can attract a maximum fine of level 3 on that standard scale (currently £1000).

Alternatively, the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty may be offered in place of prosecution. Prior to a control order being made a period of local consultation and notices in local press is required.

For guidance on making a dog control see

Dog Control Order regulations:

Dog byelaws

Dog byelaws are local laws which apply to land designated by local authorities, parish, town and community councils.

These byelaws can require people to keep their dog on a lead, require people to keep their dog on a lead if directed to do so, require people to clear up after their dogs, ban dogs from beaches and ban dogs completely.

Details of existing dog byelaws in your area can be requested from your local authority.