Environmental problems Dog control Public Space Protection Orders

We recognise the majority of dog owners are responsible, however dogs that are not sufficiently under control in a public place can impact other residents’ and visitors’ enjoyment of those spaces.  

Therefore, on 26 July 2022, we extended and varied our Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) relating to the control of dogs in public spaces across the city.

The PSPOs make it an offence to:

  • Allow a dog into an area from which dogs are excluded, such as specified children’s play areas and sports facilities
  • Allow a dog to roam off lead on all roads, pavements, footpaths, alleyways, cemeteries and crematoria across the city and also in specified areas such as certain parks or picnic areas
  • Take more than 4 dogs into a public place
  • Fail to pick up dog fouling or to be able to demonstrate possession of sufficient means to pick up after a dog.
  • Fail to put a dog on a lead at the request of an authorised officer. 

The orders will remain in force until 26 July 2025, unless otherwise extended or varied.

Those found to be in breach of a PSPO could receive a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice or, if prosecuted, could face a fine of up to £1,000.

View the different PSPOs

To access a copy of the original sealed orders, please contact envirocrimes@manchester.gov.uk

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