Dog fouling

We have installed bins for dog waste around the city. You can also use any litter bin as long as the poo is in a bag.

Failing to clear up dog mess is a criminal offence with a maximum penalty on conviction of £1,000. This includes fouling on open land, roads, footpaths or grass verges.

It's no defence to say you had nothing to clean up with – always carry a poop scoop and a bag.

You can pick up some free dog poo bags from our customer service centre at Mandela House. Some of our community centres also provide them. We no longer provide these bags from the Guildhall.

Report dog fouling

To request dog poo be cleared up, email or call 01223 458282.

If you witness somebody failing to clear up dog poo, email or call 01223 457900.

We need you to tell us:

  • the name and address of the offender (if known)
  • a brief description of the dog, the owner or a car registration number
  • whether you know them to walk at a regular time each day

You must be sure that you have actually seen them allow their dog to foul and fail to clear up. Don't assume that because a person walks the same way each day it's their dog causing the mess.

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