Dog Control in public spaces 

Warrington’s new Dog Control Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) has come into force.

The PSPO provides the ability to take action against irresponsible dog owners who fail to clean up after their dog.  It also requires dogs to be kept on leads in cemeteries and crematorium gardens and at Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s). Authorised officers may also formally require people to put their dog on a lead.

Read our Dog Fouling Public Space Protection Order 

Make a Dog fouling complaint or enquiry

Areas covered by the PSPO

The cemeteries, crematoria and closed cemeteries covered by the PSPO are:

  • Burtonwood Cemetery, WA5
  • Fox Covert Cemetery, WA4
  • Holinfare Cemetery, WA3
  • Warrington Cemetery, WA1
  • Risley Presbyterian Chapel Burial Ground, WA3
  • Croft Unitarian Chapel Graveyard, WA3
  • Meeting Lane Closed Churchyard Penketh, WA5
  • St Elphins Parish Church, WA1
  • St Helens Church, WA3
  • St James Church, WA4
  • St Mary’ Penketh, WA5
  • St Mary’s Lymm, WA13
  • St Oswalds Church, WA2
  • St Paul’s Churchyard, WA2
  • St Thomas Church, WA4

The sites of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Nature Reserves covered by the PSPO are:

  •  Holcroft Moss
  • Thelwall/Woolston Eyes
  • Risley Moss
  • Rixton Claypits

Enforcing dog fouling

Our enforcement officers are keen to tackle irresponsible dog owners and ensure they're held accountable. Where we're able to trace the person responsible we'll be able to investigate further and take action.

Officers can only investigate where the fouling has taken place on council land.

We appreciate that it is often difficult to witness the actual fouling taking place, however we need as much information about the person responsible as possible, such as:

  • Anything you know about the owner – name, address, description, etc
  • Anything you know about the dog – fur colour, breed, name, etc
  • Where the fouling took place (and when, if known)
  • The time of day that they walk their dog and the route they take
  • An associated vehicle registration number

Without any of this information our officers are unlikely to identify the irresponsible owner and so the matter will be dealt with by street cleansing. The more information, the more likely it is they will be able to identify them.

Any local information is really valuable for example it wouldn't be efficient for officers to Patrol between 10am-11am in a specific location if the person who allows their dog to foul does so between 6pm and 7pm every evening.


Report dog fouling

31 May 2024