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Dog fouling

Dog controlWe take dog fouling very seriously. With over 300 dog waste bins in the borough and 'no fouling' signs and stencils, there is no excuse not to clean up after your dog.

The Fouling of Land by Dogs (West Lancashire) Order 2008

The above order came into force on the 1 May 2008 under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. This order will cover every location across West Lancashire.

If dog owners do not clear up after their pet, they will be issued with a fixed penalty of £75.00 and may be prosecuted.

How to report a dog fouling problem

You can report a dog fouling problem in two ways: 

We investigate dog fouling complaints and take a hard line against offenders. However, as our officers have to witness the offence before a fixed penalty notice can be served, it can be difficult for our officers to catch the culprit, particularly as a dog fouling offence can occur very quickly.

Therefore when you make a complaint, we will ask you to complete a questionnaire and also keep a log of when you have seen any fouling incidents. We will use this information to target offenders to improve the chances of catching those responsible. So when you need to make a complaint about dog fouling, please help us to investigate your complaint by providing as much information as you can, such as:

  • The location of the fouling 
  • The dates or times when dogs are seen to foul 
  • Details of the breed, colour and size of the dog 
  • Any information regarding the dog's owner 

If you can't provide this information, it will greatly reduce our chances of catching offenders. In these circumstances, your complaint will be dealt with as part of our routine patrols.

Dog waste bins

We look after over 300 dog waste bins in the most popular dog walking locations throughout the Borough - and have an ongoing programme of installing even more.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide every location with a bin. Therefore, we make a careful assessment of each proposed site, taking the following matters into account:

  • Number of dog fouling complaints in the area 
  • Local amenity 
  • Health and safety considerations 

If you notice that a dog waste bin is damaged or missing you can report it to us:

Cleaning up dog fouling

Our Street Scene Services are responsible for removing dog fouling in public places. You can request a clean-up: