Lichfield District Council proposes tighter regulations for dog owners

Residents across Lichfield District are being asked their views on proposed regulations on dog fouling and dog control.

Lichfield District Council is asking for views on a plan to create a new dog control public spaces protection order.

As part of the council’s approach to reduce dog fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership, it is proposing an order that would require people to demonstrate they have the means to clear up after their pet.

As a rule of thumb, dog walkers would be expected to carry at least two bags that can be used to dispose of dog mess. If, when asked by an enforcement officer, someone does not produce a bag or refuses to do so they could receive a fine.

The order will require anyone in charge of a dog to clean up and remove any resulting dog mess in a public place, such as on a pavement or in a park or green space.

The proposed protection order would also create ‘dog exclusion zones’, which would ban dogs from being taken into playgrounds, particularly areas designed for younger children.

A spokesperson for Lichfield District Council said: “We believe this order will help us to keep the district free of dog mess. Sadly a tiny minority of dog walkers do not clean up after their pets.

“A district wide public space protection order would require anyone responsible for a dog to have bags with them and clean up any mess and put it in a litter or dog waste bin or take it home if one isn’t available. We want to make it clear to dog owners, who lack the common decency to clean up after their pets, that this will not be tolerated.

“We also think children should have space to play and know that some can be scared of dogs. This is why we want to bring in exclusion zones that will require anyone in charge of a dog to keep them out of play areas across the district.

“It would be a criminal offence not to comply with the order, which could result in a fixed penalty of £80 or even lead to a prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

“We would stress that people with disabilities that restrict their sight or mobility are exempt, including pet owners who are registered as blind.

“Before moving ahead with the order, it is important we hear the views of local residents on these proposals.”

To find out more and read the draft dog control public space protection order, please visit To have your say on the proposals, please email your comments to by 5 March 2021.

Media enquiries

 Esther Epstein, Press & Communications Officer, Lichfield District Council

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Dog exclusion zones are proposed in the following play areas:

  • Beacon Park’s junior play area only
  • Burntwood Park play area
  • Chase Terrace Park play area
  • Darnford Park play area
  • Darwin Park play areas
  • Hawksyard play area
  • Saddlers Wood play area
  • Stowe Pool junior play area only
  • Stychbrook Park play area

Your Police, Your Voice

Information about the survey

Staffordshire Police is inviting residents and businesses across the county to take part in a new survey designed to help the force achieve its vision of a safer Staffordshire.

The ‘Your police. Your voice.’ survey, which launches on Friday 22 January and closes on February 8, provides the public with an opportunity to share their views on crime and policing locally.

This will enable the force to get a better understanding of the issues which matter most to local communities to ensure that services and resources are being delivered in the best way to address people’s concerns.

The survey is anonymous and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You can complete it online at until noon on Monday 8th February 2021.

If you are unable to complete this electronically you can request a hardcopy by emailing

Prosecution for dog fouling offences

A man from Fazeley has been ordered to pay £1,852 after he was seen not clearing up after his three dogs.

On 9 December 2020 Staffordshire Magistrates’ Court found Rob Grice, from Victoria Drive in Fazeley, guilty of three dog fouling offences.

The case was brought by Lichfield District Council after Mr Grice did not pay the three fixed penalty notices issued to him after a council officer witnessed him not clearing up after each of his three dogs.

The court ordered Mr Grice to pay a fine of £1,320, costs of £400, and a victim surcharge of £132 – a total of £1,852.

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing & Health, said: “This sends a clear message to any irresponsible dog walkers, who don’t clean up after their pets, that we take this issue very seriously.”

To tackle problem dog fouling, the council drops off reporting cards to local homes in hot spot areas to get intelligence from community members.

This includes the location and the times when dog fouling appears, and a description of anyone seen not cleaning up after their dogs.

Since the introduction of the cards the council has been able to do more targeted patrols. This has contributed to a reduction of more than half of reports of dog fouling that needs to be removed across the district.

To report a dog fouling location or problem area in Lichfield District, please visit