New Rules for Dog Owners
Dog owners are being advised of new rules that will come into force in County Durham at the beginning of June. Durham County Council is introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to encourage responsible ownership and tackle issues such as dog fouling and strays.
From Thursday, 1 June, it will be an offence to:
Fail to pick up dog mess
Allow a dog to stray
Fail to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
Allow a dog into any fenced-off play area named in the PSPO
The introduction of the PSPO follows a public consultation at the end of last year, when more than 80 per cent of those who took part said they were in favour of the move and was supported by a number of town and parish councils including Belmont Parish Council.
For more information on the PSPO, including Frequently Asked Questions, a list of fenced off play areas included in the PSPO and details of free Dogs Trust health check event, visit