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Dogs on Leads

Where you must have your dog on a lead.

Good dog ownership & common sense dictate that dogs should be on a lead near roads, livestock, wildlife & any area or activity where close control is needed.

Dogs must be on a lead (District of South Hams Dogs on Leads by Direction Order 2013) in most roads in and more specifically in the following locations:

  • Areas with retail premises designated as zone 1 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - i.e. where there are 2 or more commercial/shop premises
  • Car parks
  • Cemeteries and Churchyards
  • Any fenced, hedged or walled pond, are of water or nature reserve
  • Marked sports fields whilst organised sport is n progress

Formal gardens listed as:

  • Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth
  • Kingsbridge Quayside and Market Square (including bandstand)
  • Recreation ground, Kingsbridge including the Embankment footpath and grass strip to include the town square
  • Cliff House Gardens, Salcombe 

Dogs on Leads by Direction

An authorised Council Officer will have the power to request that an owner place their dog on a lead in any open public area where the dog is causing a nuisance or likely to do so.