Responsible dog ownership


It is a legal requirement that all dogs over eight weeks old must be microchipped and the details stored on the microchip database must be up to date. You can find out more by downloading our Microchipping leaflet (PDF 245KB).

Any dog that the wardens come into contact with will be scanned for a microchip. If the dog is not chipped the wardens will offer to arrange this for owners. If the offer is declined, an enforcement notice will be issued. The legal notice gives the owner 21 days to take action. If the dog is not chipped after this period, owners could face a £500 fine.

It is an offence for a dog to be in a public place without a collar and tag with the owners name and address on it. If your dog does not have a collar and tag you can be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO’s) – Dog Related Requirements and Requirements related to Smoking in Children’s Play Areas

From 1 July 2018 a new Public Spaces Protection Order has been brought in which replaces the previous Dog Control Order requirements (which have now been repealed). The requirements look to balance the needs of those in charge of dogs against the interests of those affected by dogs. This takes into account the need for people, in particular children, to have access to dog free areas and also have areas where dogs are kept under strict control.

The orders require a person responsible for a dog to:

  • pick up dog faeces left by a dog at all times
  • carry a means to pick up after their dog, such as a poo bag or similar
  • keep dogs on leads in designated areas. In Leeds this includes all roads, pavements and footpaths (including gated alleyways) next to carriageways, as well as cemeteries, crematoria, specialist public gardens and parks; and some council owned golf courses
  • put dogs on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  • ensure dogs do not enter designated exclusion areas. Dog exclusion areas include children’s playgrounds, some sports courts, council owned tennis courts, multi-use games areas (MUGAS) remembrance and wildlife gardens, and many school grounds
  • limit the number of dogs walked to a maximum of four at a time. The exception to this rule is professional dog walkers which are allowed to walk up to six providing that they do not walk with or alongside any other dogs. Professional dog walker who did not comply with these conditions would be treated as an individual and could only walk 4 dogs

In addition there is a requirement that prohibits smoking in children’s play area to reduce the exposure of children to second hand smoke and for them to see less smoking happening as they grow up (smoking in children’s play areas has been banned since Autumn 2015, but fines can now be issued for not complying).

Copies of the Orders and a full list of designated areas can be found in the related documents section below.

Failure to comply with the requirements of the Order can result in a maximum fine of £1000, with the option to offer a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100.

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Dog and Smoking Order 2018 and Smoking Order 2018.pdf221962pdf
Schedule 1 - dog related specific locations 1 - dog related specific locations.pdf489395pdf
Schedule 2 - locations where smoking prohibited 2 - locations where smoking prohibited.pdf332536pdf
Responsible Dog Ownership Leaflet Dog Ownership Leaflet.pdf208939pdf
Dog and Smoking Order 2018 FAQs and Smoking Order 2018 FAQs.pdf56088pdf
Microchipping leaflet leaflet 2016.pdf4940290pdf

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