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Dog control

As a responsible dog owner, you must:

  • clean up immediately after your dog in all streets and open spaces
  • not allow your dog to enter specified areas
  • keep your dog on a lead in specified areas
  • put and keep your dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer
  • not exceed the maximum number of dogs in specified areas

A Public Spaces Protection Order governs dog control in Cambridge. Failure to comply with its requirements can result in a fine of up to £1,000 and prosecution.

We have designated some parts of the city as ‘dog exclusion areas’, ‘dogs on leads areas’ and ‘maximum number of dog areas’. These are shown on our dog control map, below.

  • Dog exclusion areas – Dogs are excluded from some children’s play areas, bowling greens, tennis courts and outdoor paddling pools.
  • Dogs on leads areas – You must keep your dog on a lead in Newmarket Road Cemetery, parts of Cherry Hinton Hall and Histon Road Cemetery, and some children’s play areas.
  • Maximum number of dogs areas – You are not permitted to take more than 4 dogs on Byron’s Pool local nature reserve at any time.

With the exception of the above restrictions, you can allow your dog to roam without a lead on all open spaces in Cambridge. You must keep your dog under control at all times – if we believe you cannot do this, we will ask you to put it on a lead. We might do this:

  • where the public, particularly children or vulnerable adults, are at threat or feel threatened
  • where you dog poses a risk to the safety of pedestrians, cyclists or motorists
  • when your dog causes damage to public property, including trees and plants
  • where wildlife is, or could be, threatened
  • during emergency situations

Exemptions to the order exist for working assistance dogs.

Dog control maps

The Public Spaces Protection Order includes a list of the areas subject to dog control.

  • Blue markers: Dogs-on-leads areas
  • Red markers: Dog-exclusion areas
  • Green markers: Maximum number of dogs areas

For a more detailed view, download the dog control area maps [PDF, 11.5MB]. You can also download maps showing the protection order boundaries: