We introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) under the Anti Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to address concerns about dog control. We can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) of £75 to enforce orders.


Dog fouling


In order to reduce the amount of dog fouling in Mid Sussex, people having charge and control of dogs are required to clean up their dogs' mess. The Parks Team will have the authority to enforce dog fouling on all MSDC owned land across the district.

Dog Control PSPO for Dog Fouling




Dog exclusion


To prevent people or the dogs themselves being injured as a result of sharing activity space, dogs are excluded from all fenced children's play areas and fenced recreational areas such as tennis courts, bowling greens and multi activity areas owned by Mid Sussex District Council.

Dog Control PSPO for Dog Exclusion


Dogs on lead by direction


In order to stop a loose dog disrupting sporting or community events or disturbing local wildlife, dogs must be placed on a lead if requested to do so by an authorised officer. This order applies to Mid Sussex District Council owned land on which formal sports and community events regularly take place, and all designated nature reserves.

Dog Control PSPO for Dogs on a Lead by Direction


Dogs on Lead by Direction

Maximum Number of Dogs


The number of dogs one person can take onto Council owned nature reserves or selected large parks is restricted to six.

Dog Control Order for Maximum Number of Dogs


Maximum Number of Dogs

What to do

What do I do if I see someone who is breaking a Dog Control PSPO?

If you see anyone breaking the Dog Control orders on council land please contact the Parks Team and give 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.

Fixed Penalty Notices

To enforce the above Orders we can issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £75. The fine is reduced to £50 if payment is made within 10 working days. Failure to pay may result in prosecution with a maximum fine of £1000.


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) 

Contact Us

Parks Team
Tel: 01444-458166
Email: parksopenspaces@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 21 August 2023