Dog Fouling

Public Spaces Protection Order Dog Fouling 2018 - Renewal Consultation 2021

East Cambridgeshire District Council has a current Dog Fouling Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which makes it an offence to not clear up after a dog defecates on public land. This includes common land and roadside verges.  

Failure to comply with a PSPO is an offence which can be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice of £80 or by prosecution.  East Cambridgeshire District Council has issued five fines to owners for not clearing up after their dogs (as of August 2021). 
The current PSPO is due to expire in September 2021, and the Council is now considering whether to renew the PSPO for a further three years until September 2024.  
The Council is interested in your views about whether the PSPO should be extended. If you have any observations, comments or questions about the proposal, please let us know by responding to this short survey.
Paper copies can be found at the Council office, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, CB7 5EE.
This consultation closes at 12 midnight on Sunday 26 September 2021.

Public Spaces Protection Order Dog Fouling 2018 

Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, section 59

On 12 September 2018, after a positive public consultation with 95% of the respondents in support, the East Cambridgeshire District Council Public Space Protection Order Dog Fouling 2018 came into effect. The PSPO is valid for three years, after which it will reviewed and potentially extended. The Order makes it an offence to allow a dog to foul on public land and not clear up after it. 

A breach of the Order is a criminal offence and will result in a fixed penalty notice of £80.00, or upon summary conviction, a fine of £1000. 

The PSPO applies to all public places with the East Cambridgeshire District, and includes areas previously not covered by the Dog Fouling of Land Act, including common land and roadside verges.

The Council would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation -  view the consultation results.

New signage has been created and installed in popular dog walking areas and problem hotspots around the district, to remind dog owners of their responsibility, especially in open green spaces, recreation grounds and sport pitches, parks and common land. 

Information on how to report an owner for failing to clear up after their dog can be found on our dog fouling waste pages.

For further information, please contact Environmental Services on 01353 665555 or email