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FAQs: Dog Fouling PSPO

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Want to know more and have your say? Visit the main consultation page: www.ipswich,gov.uk/PSPOdogfouling

Why is a Public Space Protection Order needed?

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) allows a Council to address particular nuisance behaviour or problems in an area that are detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. The majority of dog owners are responsible, however there remain an irresponsible few who do not take sufficient responsibility. The Order imposes the condition requiring any person whilst in charge of a dog to remove all faeces deposited by the dog immediately on public land. The Order is designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.  

When and where will the PSPO cover?

The PSPO will apply all of the time, to all land open to the air to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment) across Ipswich.

Will the conditions apply to assistance dogs?

No, they would not apply and these exemptions will be included on the Order.

Could I report anyone I see breaching the PSPO?

We can use information provided by the public to identify problem areas. However in order to issue a penalty notice, the offence will need to be witnessed by an authorised officer.

What steps can I take to make sure that I comply with the Order?

Always carry a poop scoop or bags with you when you take your dog for a walk, and keep an eye on your dog at all times. Being unaware of the defecation (whether by reason of not being in the vicinity or otherwise) shall not be a reasonable excuse to fail to comply with the Order.

Rather than carrying dog poo around with me during my walk, can I leave bags to pick up on my return?

No, this is classed of littering regardless of the intentions of collecting it later.

How is the PSPO going to be enforced?

There will be an enforcement protocol in place that will provide guidance to those authorised to enforce the PSPO, including words of advice and a leaflet explaining the consequences of failing to comply with the Order. Breach of the PSPO may result in the issue of a fixed penalty notice of £80 (with an early repayment charge of £60). Payment of this penalty discharges the liability to prosecution.

When is the consultation taking place?

The consultation will start on Tuesday 11th Spetember 2018, and you will have until 11:59pm on Tuesday 9th October 2018 to take part.

How will the decision be made?

The survey responses will be analysed and the results reported back to the Council. The final authorisation will be decided by Executive.

How long will the Order last for? 

The Order will last for a period of 3 years, but it may be extended in due course.   

Where do I go for more information?

We are holding drop-in sessions at the Customer Service Centre on the following dates between 9am - 12pm so that you can speak to us directly:

  • Wednesday 12th September
  • Tuesday 18th September
  • Friday 21st September
  • Tuesday 25th September
  • Thursday 27th September
  • Tuesday 2nd October
  • Thursday 4th October
  • Tuesday 9th October


Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000