Proposed Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order

Closed 25 Aug 2023

Opened 13 Jun 2023


The aim of the Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is to promote responsible dog ownership so that everyone can use and enjoy public spaces. 

The Order clarifies the controls for dog owners and non-owners on public spaces across the Dorset Council area.  

The Order is restrictive in nature so, it is important to make sure any restrictions are proportionate and consistent across the Dorset Council area.  

The PSPO incorporates restrictions at specific beaches and land used for certain activities such as enclosed children’s play areas and parks. The current PSPO will expire on the 31 December 2023 and Dorset Council is seeking the views of the public on the contents of the next PSPO which will run from 1 January 2024 until the 31 December 2026.   

Any changes that we make to the previous order will depend upon the views expressed. Councillors will make the final decision on the controls included in the new Order, having reviewed the feedback received during the consultation. 

The views of residents, visitors and businesses are very important. The consultation will run for just over 10 weeks finishing at 4.30pm on Friday 25 August 2023.   

If you cannot access the survey online an alternative format is available, please email or call 01305 221000 for a copy.

Why your views matter

To have your say, please complete this short survey, it should take about 15 minutes or less with questions related to the proposal and a few ‘about you’. There is a general comments box in the last section of the survey where you can mention any other matter relevant to this PSPO renewal. Results will be published on the Dorset Council website after the closing date.  

A report including the findings from the consultation will be presented to the Place and Resources Overview Committee on the 5 October 2023. A final report, together with a draft Order will then be presented to Cabinet in November for their approval. 

Information on the current Dog Related Public Spaces Protection Orders is available to view at: 

Read about what a responsible dog owner can do 


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