Dog Control PSPO FAQ

  • What is a dog control public spaces protection order (PSPO)?

    A dog control public spaces protection order is a measure for controlling some potential dog related issues. The power to create dog control PSPO is provided under the Anti Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

  • What are the dog control public spaces protection orders that Mid Sussex District Council have introduced?
    • failing to remove dog faeces
    • not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
    • permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded
    • taking more than a specified number of dogs onto land 
  • Why do we need a dog control PSPO?

    The majority of dog owners in Mid Sussex are responsible, pick up their dogs' mess and keep them under proper control. However, there is a small minority who don't and this can create problems for other site users.  To address these concerns relating to dog control, Mid Sussex District Council have introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO's) under the Anti Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014. 

  • Does my dog have to be on a lead at all times?

    No, dogs are still free to roam parks and open spaces, there may be certain times where it would be more appropriate for a dog to be on a lead such as along a highway, in a car park or if there was an event happening in a park.

  • Will my dog be banned from parks?

    No, there are certain fenced areas where dogs are excluded from such as children's play areas or tennis courts.

  • Are there dog walking areas provided in parks?

    There are no plans for Mid Sussex District Council to provide dog walking only areas. Owners are able to walk their dogs in any of the parks owned by Mid Sussex District Council.

  • Do the Orders apply to public rights of way?

    Dogs are not prohibited from public rights of way however there may be a requirement to keep dogs on leads on public footpaths in certain areas for example sports pitches. Dog faeces must be removed from public rights of way.

  • Will signs be erected by Mid Sussex District Council?

    Yes, signs are specified in the legislation.

  • Who will enforce the Orders?

    Authorised officers from Mid Sussex District Council

  • How much is the fine?

    The Fixed Penalty Notice(FPN) as defined in the Dog Control Orders will be £75, this must be paid within 14 days of receiving the FPN. This fine is reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days. Failure to pay this within the prescribed payment period will lead to the Council taking this offence before the local Magistrates Court, where a fine of up to £1000 may be awarded.

  • How do I pay my FPN?

    You may pay your FPN in any of the following ways:

    • Online (24 hours a day)
    • By telephone (during office hours - 01444 477440)
    • By post (please make cheque payable to Mid Sussex District Council) 
  • What do I do if I see someone who is breaking a Dog Control PSPO?

    If you witness anyone breaking the Dog Control PSPO legislation on council owned land, please contact the Park Rangers on 01444 477561 or email Please give us as much detail as you can including: name of site, description of dog and dog owner, date and time the incident was witnessed, any other information such as, is it a regular occurrence, description of car etc. Please do not approach the person yourself.

    For dog fouling on highway land, please contact the Street Services Officer

  • What sites will have a maximum of 6 dogs?

    The six dog maximum will be extended from Bedelands Farm Local Nature Reserve, where it has been successfully trialled over the last few years, to cover a number of other selected sites across the district. These are typically larger sites such as Local Nature Reserves and adjacent land where the main focus is the protection of flora and fauna or where inconsiderate dog walkers can present a hazard to other site users.

For any further information on Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order Legislation, please contact the Park Rangers.