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Dog control orders

The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005

The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties Etc.) Regulations 2006

The Dog Control Order (Procedures) Regulations 2006

Following public consultation, West Lancashire Borough Council has made 4 Dog Control Orders (DCOs) inline with the above legislation. These Orders will come into force on 3 July 2009. Notices (PDF 29.7kb) were published in the local press outlining the content and effect of the Orders.

  • The Dogs Exclusion Order 2009 (PDF 142kb). This applies to land listed in the schedule below. A person in charge of a dog will be guilty of an offence if at any time he takes a dog onto, or permits a dog to enter or to remain on, any of the enclosed children's play areas to which this Order applies. Anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a fixed penalty of £75.00.

Schedule of Borough Council "enclosed play areas" at:

Schedule of Parish Council "enclosed play areas" at:

  • The Dogs on Leads Order 2009 (PDF 65.2kb). This applies to all carriageways in the West Lancashire Borough Council area with a speed limit of 40mph or greater and adjoining footways, cycle tracks and verges. A person in charge of a dog will be guilty of an offence if, at any time, on any land to which this Order applies, he does not keep the dog on a lead. Anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a fixed penalty of £75.00. 
  • The Dogs (Specified Maximum) Order 2009 (PDF 69.9kb). This applies to all land that is within the West Lancashire Borough Council area, where the public are allowed access with or without payment. It is an offence to take more than 6 dogs onto any land to which the Order applies. Anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a fixed penalty of £75.00.
  • The Dogs on Leads by Direction Order 2009 (PDF 100kb). This applies to all land that is within the West Lancashire Borough Council area, where the public are allowed access with or without payment. It is an offence not to comply with the direction by an authorised officer of the Council to put, and keep, a dog on a lead where such restraint is necessary to prevent it being a nuisance or disturbance to any other person, animal or bird on any land to which the Order applies. Anyone found committing an offence will be issued with a fixed penalty of £75.00.

Send us your views

We are proposing to ban dogs from a further 26 children’s play areas in West Lancashire in order to help keep children safe and reduce problems with dog fouling. We are also planning to require dogs to be kept on leads in five specified areas in public parks and playing fields.

We are now seeking the views of local residents, visitors and organisations so your comments can be taken into account before final decisions are made.