New rules about dogs in public places in North Dorset

New rules about dogs in public places will come into force in North Dorset on 31 March 2019.

The rules were drawn-up after more than 800 people had their say about where and when dogs should be allowed in public places.

North Dorset District Council carefully considered the views’ of dog owners and the concerns of other residents who use public places such as parks.

After considering 859 responses the council attempted to strike a balance and also simplified a raft of regulations. The result is the new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2019, which will replace existing orders.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the district council’s cabinet and then approved by Full Council.  The new rules will come into effect on 31 March 2019.

Councillor Andrew Kerby, Community Safety and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder at North Dorset District Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to share their views on how dogs should be managed in public places in North Dorset. We have looked carefully at the results and have tried to strike a balance to suit the interests of all.

“North Dorset District Council encourages responsible dog ownership. Most owners are very responsible, unfortunately a small minority who do not clear-up after their dogs do cause a problem.”

Here is the new North Dorset Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order 2019.