Dog Control PSPO to be enforced

Release Date: 06 August 2018

A Dog Control Public Space Protection Order, to control dog behaviours such as dog fouling, and restrict the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at any one time, will be enforced from October 2018.

Last year, we approved a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to address anti-social activities in public spaces, including flying of drones, using BBQs, starting fires,  and causing damage to council property.

A second PSPO set a limit on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at any one time, which is a maximum of four dogs. 

Since October 2017, we have granted a ‘grace period’ where no enforcement of the order has taken place. This period is now coming to an end and, from 1 October 2018, council officers will commence enforcement.

We have also agreed to issue a total of 18 licences for professional dog walkers, so that they can walk up to six dogs, on one of six sites across the borough. Each site has a total of three licences, and these include:

  • Ham Lands
  • Palewell Park
  • East Sheen Common
  • Crane Park
  • Barnes Common
  • Hampton Common

Borough residents who own more than four dogs will also be able to apply for a permit, which allows them to walk up to six dogs at any one time.

We have now opened applications for these licences and resident permits. The closing date for applications is Sunday 16 September 2018.

Cllr Martin Elengorn, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“Dog owners are significant users of our parks, and Richmond Council promotes and encourages responsible dog ownership. Most owners are conscientious. However, a small minority are not, and this spoils others’ enjoyment of our open spaces.

“The control order is intended to ensure that everyone exercises proper control over their dogs in the borough’s parks and open spaces.

“I encourage anyone who thinks they may require a licence to go online now and complete the application form.”

For more information and to apply, visit our Dog Control PSPO page.

Once all applications have been assessed, we will issue resident permits where appropriate, and offer professional dog walking licences to up to 18 individuals. Issued licences and permits will be valid from Monday 1 October 2018.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P383/18

Updated: 31 August 2018