Dogs on lead by direction

  1. Summary

    The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Section 59 Manchester City Council (Dogs on Leads by Direction) Public Spaces Protection Order 2019

    Manchester City Council (in this Order called "the Council") in exercise of its powers under Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ("the Act ") hereby made the above Order:

    The Order came into force on the 26th July 2019 with effect for a period of 3 years. The Order was extended pursuant to Section 60 of the Act for a further period of 3 years from the 26th July 2022.

    General provisions:

    1. This Order applies to all land in the Restricted Area to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission.
    2. The Council is satisfied that both of the conditions set out in Section 59 of the Act are satisfied, because the activity, identified in Article 5 of this Order, which is carried on in a public place ("the Restricted Area") has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and this effect is or is likely to be of a persistent or continuing nature, such as to make the activities unreasonable and justifies the restrictions imposed by this Order.
    3. The Order is available for inspection on the Council's website and also at the offices of the Customer Services Centre, Ground Floor, Town Hall Extension, Manchester M60 2LA.
    4. If any interested person desires to question the validity of this Order on the grounds that the Council had no power to make it or that any requirement of the Act has not been complied with in relation to this Order, he or she may apply to the High Court within six weeks from the date on which this Order is made.

    Obligations on persons with dogs: 


    5. Compliance with Leads by order

    A person in charge of a dog on land specified in the Schedule to this Order must comply with a direction given to him by an authorised officer to put and keep the dog on a lead unless - 

    • (a)    he has reasonable excuse for failing to do so; or
    • (b)    the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to his failing to do so.

    An authorised officer may only give a direction under this Order to put and keep a dog on a lead if such restraint is reasonably necessary to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog that is likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person on any land to which this Order applies or the worrying or disturbance of any animal or bird.


    Nothing in this Order shall apply to a disabled person (within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010) whose disability restricts his ability to comply with the Order and the dog is their guide dog or assistance dog

    For the purpose of this Order:

    • (a)    Restricted Area means the land designated in the Schedule to this Order.
    • (b)    A person who habitually has a dog in his possession shall be taken to be in charge of the dog at any time unless at that time some other person is in charge of the dog.
    • (c)    "an authorised officer " means an employee, partnership agency or contractor of Manchester City Council who is authorised in writing by Manchester City Council for the purposes of giving directions under the Order.
    • (d)    An assistance dog, in general, is one that is trained to aid or assist a disabled person.


    A person who fails to comply with any obligation imposed by this Order is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine on summary conviction not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
    THE COMMON SEAL OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MANCHESTER was hereunto affixed in the pursuance of an order of the Council of the said City:- 
    Authorised signatory
    Dated this 26th day of July 2022


    All land open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment) in the City of Manchester

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