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On 7 December 2011, the council adopted new dog control orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. The new orders came into force on 1 June 2012.

These orders replaced current controls such as local byelaws and elements of the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996. Created in consultation with town and parish councils and community groups, the orders were designed to address particular issues in individual areas. They will allow the council to effectively target irresponsible dog owners, without impeding the vast majority of people who control their dogs responsibly, so that all sections of the community can enjoy Wyre's parks and open spaces.

Wyre Council is keen to create a welcoming and cleaner environment for all and the introduction of the orders will encourage responsible dog ownership.

The orders will require dog owners/walkers to:

  • Clean up after a dog has fouled
  • Keep dogs on a lead in designated areas
  • When asked to do so, put and keep a dog on a lead
  • Refrain from exercising dogs in designated areas
  • Not exercise more than four dogs in designated areas

Dog control orders summary

The Dog Fouling of Land Order

It will be an offence under this order if any person in control of a dog fails to remove its faeces from land forthwith.

This order applies to any land within the Borough of Wyre, which is:

  • open to the air (which includes land that is covered but open to the air on at least one side); and
  • to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

Nothing in this order applies to a person who:

  • is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948; or
  • has a disability which affects his/her mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects, in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which he relies for assistance.

The dogs on leads by direction (Wyre) order

This order will give authorised officers the power to request a dog to be put and kept on a lead if such restraint is reasonably necessary. This is to prevent a nuisance or behaviour by the dog likely to cause annoyance or disturbance to any other person or the worrying or disturbance of any animal or bird.

This order will apply to designated land within the administrative boundary of Wyre Council.

The specified maximum number of dogs (Wyre) order

This order will limit the number of dogs any person can be in control of in a public place to four unless he/she has reasonable excuse to do so or he/she has permission from the owner of the land to do so.

This order will apply to designated land within the administrative boundary of Wyre Council.

The dogs exclusion (Wyre) order

This order excludes dogs at all times from various designated areas within the borough. An offence is committed if an individual in charge of a dog, at any time takes a dog onto, or permits the dog to enter or remain on any land to which an order applies.

The dogs on leads (Wyre) order

This order will require a person in charge of a dog to keep that dog on a lead on all public roads, pavements and grass verges, which are within four metres of the carriageway and are maintainable at public expense. This includes roads which are subject to a speed limit of 40mph or less and any designated area within the administrative area of Wyre Council.

Amendments to dog control orders 2015

On 16 February 2015 a number of amendments to the 2012 dog control orders came into force.

A summary of the amended orders and the land that they relate to can be found below:


On the spot fixed penalty notices of £75 to enforce the dog control orders as prescribed by section 59 of the Clean Neighbourhoods Act 2005 will be issued by authorised officers of the council. Failure to pay the fine within 14 days of issue may lead to prosecution and a criminal conviction. The maximum penalty on summary conviction in a magistrates' court will be £1000.

Dog control order exemptions

Dog control on beaches in Wyre

Dogs are banned from beaches with bathing waters from 1 May until 30 September each year because not only is it unpleasant for people wanting to swim and paddle to find dog mess in the sea, but the bacteria can cause the sea water to fail water testing:

Fleetwood beach from the east side, of the slipway opposite to the end of Promenade Road eastwards to the west side of the site of the former Fleetwood pier.

Cleveleys beach from Cafe Cove to Wyre Borough boundary.

When you’re out walking your dog, please help by picking up your dog’s poo and putting it in a bin. Please check signs and only walk your dog in designated dog-friendly areas to help protect water quality and beaches. You may be fined if you don’t remove your dog’s poo.

Find out more about how you and your dog can help improve our beaches and bathing waters. You don't have to live by the sea to make a difference!

Additional information

  • - information about pet travel: entering and returning to the UK.
  • - find further information about dog control orders.

Contact us

Any enquiries regarding the orders please contact the council.

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