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Dog fouling 

Please clear up after your dog wherever it fouls.  Across East Devon it is an offence not to clear up in any public place.  Anyone reported to the council is likely to be issued with a fine of £80.

As well as being unpleasant and unsightly, dog mess can carry a parasite called toxocara which can lead to toxocariasis infection. At it’s worst this infection can cause blindness.

How do you dispose of dog mess?

  • Always carry a bag or suitable item to pick up and contain your dog’s mess
  • As with other waste and litter, please take your dog waste home if you can and dispose of it in your landfill bin.  Alternatively use any litter bin or dog bin
  • Please help keep East Devon clean

 Where must you pick up?

  • Dog owners and dog walkers must always pick up when they are in a public place across the whole of East Devon, including the beaches.  The legal requirement for this is set out in our dog control Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) (dog control PSPO part 01 and dog control PSPO part 02)
  • The order does not cover Forestry Commission land but you should always pick up after your dog everywhere. 

What happens if I don’t pick up?

  • A Fixed Penalty Notice for £80 will be issued whenever possible if an offence is witnessed by an officer or on information provided by a member of the public
  • If the fine is not paid the case will be taken to court and this could result in a fine up to £1000.

What can you do if you witness a dog fouling offence?

Please report offenders and hotspots online. We need the following information to do this:

  • Description of the dog
  • Description of the person in control of the dog at the time
  • Name and address of person in control (if known)
  • Vehicle registration number of person walking the dog (if known)
  • Details of the incident (including date and time) 

What is done to reduce dog fouling?

We know that the streets and beaches of East Devon have never been cleaner so most dog owners always pick up all the time.  However, we want to increase compliance:

  • We take every opportunity to educate people to be responsible dog owners
  • We include “Pick it up” messages on signs in our parks and open spaces and on other dog signs.  We provide stickers for communities to use in areas with particular problems
  • We can temporarily stencil pavements in heavily fouled areas 
  • Our StreetScene operatives clean up heavily fouled areas

Please note that we usually only take such actions where there is a serious or persistent problem reported by our street cleansing team or by town and parish councils. Unfortunately we do not have sufficient staff resources to attend areas at a specific time in the hope that the offender will appear.

Dog fouling and dog bins - some of your questions answered

Q - Can I use a litter bin if there is not a dog bin nearby?

Yes. However, where possible please use a dog bin. If neither is available, please take the waste home with you and dispose of it in your landfill bin. If you have to use a litter bin please ensure it is properly bagged.

Q - I would like to request a dog waste bin to be put in the park or street near my home can you arrange this?

A – Often a new litter bin would be more appropriate, but you could request for a new dog waste bin to be provided by your local town or parish council. We no longer finance additional bins due to the high number already provided in the district. However, we do organise the installation and emptying of new bins on behalf of town and parish councils. They currently cost approximately £150 for supply and installation and £200 per annum to empty.

Exmouth Town Council and Honiton Town Council are unable to fund any more dog bins.