Newham

Dog control orders

We use dog control orders to stop problems caused by some dogs in public places.
Woman walking in a park with her dog on a lead

What is a dog control order?

The law says we can make orders to:
  • keep dogs off certain areas (exclusion orders)
  • keep dogs on a lead when a council officer asks you
  • keep dogs off on a lead when a council officer asks you
  • keep the number of dogs per person to four
  • remove dog waste.
Where there is an order, you must follow it. If you do not we can fine you or take you to court. 
 
There are five orders in Newham, which you can read about below. 
 
 
 

1. Dog exclusion areas

What does this order mean?

You must not take your dog onto or into any exclusion areas. These areas have signs, saying: ‘No dogs allowed’ or ‘Dog exclusion area’.
 

Where does the order apply?

All these outdoor public areas in Newham:
  • children's play areas
  • all fenced sports areas, including tennis courts
  • games areas
  • garden areas in the following parks:
    • Stratford Park
        • West Ham Lane
            • Central Park
                • Bartle Avenue
                    • Plashet Park
                        • Plashet Grove
                            • The sunken garden at Thames Barrier Park
                                • The bandstand and garden area in West Ham Park
                                    • Portway.
                                     
                                     

                                    2. Dogs on leads when a council officer asks

                                    What does this order mean?

                                    You must keep your dog on a lead, at any time and on any land, when a council officer tells you to.
                                     

                                    Where does the order apply?

                                    All outdoor public places within Newham.
                                     
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                                    3. Dogs on leads on the road

                                    What does this order mean?

                                    You must keep your dog on a lead at all times on streets, roads and pathways.

                                    Where does the order apply?

                                    All these outdoor public areas in Newham:
                                     
                                    • all highways, including roads
                                    • footways and footpaths
                                    • alleyways
                                    • grass verges.

                                     

                                     
                                     

                                    4. Only four dogs at a time

                                    What does this order mean?

                                    You must not be in charge of more than four dogs at any one time.
                                     

                                    Where does the order apply?

                                    All outdoor public places within Newham.
                                     
                                     
                                     

                                    5. Dog waste

                                    What does this order mean?

                                    You must clear up your dog’s waste.
                                     

                                    Where does it apply?

                                    All outdoor public places within Newham.
                                     
                                     

                                    Disposing of dog waste

                                    You can put the waste straight into the special dog waste bins across the borough or, if it is bagged, it can go into any public litter bin or your outdoor general waste bin at home. 
                                     
                                     

                                    Dog control orders: Enforcement

                                    Law enforcement officers, police officers and police community support officers can fine you £80 on the spot if you do not follow a dog control order. If you do not pay the fine we may take you to court, with a maximum fine of £1,000.
                                     
                                    Generally the orders do not apply to:
                                     
                                    • registered blind people and their guide dogs
                                    • dogs registered with Dogs for the Disabled, Support Dogs and Canine Partners for Independence
                                    • police dogs which are on duty
                                    • dogs working in search and rescue.
                                     

                                    Dog control orders and private land

                                    Dog control orders do not apply on private land, as long as you have permission from the owner of the land or the person who controls the land.
                                     
                                     

                                    More information on dog control

                                    Dangerous dogs

                                    Our dangerous dogs page has information on banned dogs and anti-social behaviour.
                                     

                                    Nuisance barking

                                    Our Enforcement and Safety Division investigates complaints about anti-social behaviour, which may include noise nuisance caused by excessive dog barking. Contact the service on 020 8586 9739.

                                    To report an animal welfare problem, call our Animal Welfare Service on 020 8519 8187.
                                     

                                    Consultation

                                    Before we used dog control orders we asked Newham residents what they thought about the idea. You can see the area of the consultation in our map, and find out the results of the consultation in the public notice.   
                                     
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