Dog Fouling and Stray Dogs

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling can cause serious health risks, particularly to children, due to the bacteria it contains. It also spoils the environment for all. It can be reported to us via the online dog fouling form, 24/7 at your convenience.

The law

In North East Derbyshire it is a criminal offence, under a Public Spaces Protection Order, to not clean up your dog's waste. If you are witnessed failing to clear your dog’s waste, you will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice. The fixed penalty is an alternative to being taken to court.

It is not an excuse to say you did not witness your dog foul and if you do not have the means to pick up you may also receive a £100 fixed penalty notice. 

If a person gives false details or refuses to cooperate then the matter will be referred directly to the magistrate’s court. Environmental Health enforcement officers are equipped with body cameras and will record the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices.

What can the council do?

Our Environmental Health enforcement officers will respond to reports of dog fouling by carrying out patrols and erecting signage or requesting pavement stencilling where necessary.

Where there are accumulations of excessive dog fouling on public land our Streetscene will clear. If it is on private land it is the responsibility of the land owner to clear.

Stray Dogs

If you encounter a lost or stray dog in the District, you can report it to us online so we can investigate. Reporting is simple, just fill in the Report a stray or lost dog form.