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Dog control

We have made the following Public Space Protection Order for Dog Control under Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 :

This order came into force in October 2017, and will remain for a period of three years.

Inspecting the order

The order and the schedules attached to it (which detail the land that is included for the various purposes of the order) may be inspected free of charge on this page. Contact us if you'd like to see a printed copy.

Public spaces protection order

New legislation known as a public spaces protection order (PSPO) has been introduced in Cambridge. This follows public consultation in 2016 and 2017 – the final order reflects the responses to the consultation.

The new order is necessary and proportionate. It replaces the previous system of byelaws and the dog control orders from 2013 which have been repealed. The land to which the order applies is specified within the schedules of the order and in the associated maps which can be viewed below.

Dog control requirements

Dog exclusion areas - Children using play areas should be able to do so without coming across dog fouling or out of control dogs. This order officially exclude dogs from some children’s play areas, bowling greens, tennis courts and outdoor paddling pools.

Dogs on leads areas - This order requires all dogs to be on leads when in Newmarket Road Cemetery, parts of Cherry Hinton Hall and Histon Road Cemetery as well as some children’s play areas.

Clearance of dog fouling - This order enables the Council to penalise anyone for not cleaning up after his or her dog immediately in all streets and open spaces across the city.

Dogs on leads by direction - With the exception of above, as is the case now, dogs are allowed to roam off of leads in all open spaces in Cambridge. However, we do ask that they are still under control and can be called and obey orders from their owner / handler. If it is clear that a dog cannot be kept under control off lead, then this order will enable authorised officers from the Council to request that the dog is placed on a lead.

Examples of when this order may be used are:

  • Where animals or birds or wildlife are, or could be, threatened.
  • Where the public, particularly children or vulnerable adults are at threat, or feel threatened.
  • Where dogs are posing a risk to the safety of pedestrians and/or cyclists and/or motorists.
  • Where dogs are causing damage to public property, including trees and plants.
  • In case of emergency situations.


A full list of the areas subject to the Public Spaces Protection Order is detailed in the schedule(s). However maps have been produced to show the areas subject to dog exclusion and dogs on leads areas. 

An electronic map of the dog control orders is also available to view online Dog control map


In the Magistrates Court the maximum fine for committing an offence under the Public Spaces Protection Order is currently £1,000. Alternatively, the alleged offender may be offered the opportunity to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution.