Where must I have my dog on a lead?

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

Dogs must be on a lead (The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, Public Spaces Protection Order 2017; Control of Dogs) in the following locations:

  • All Areas covered by Rule 56 of the Highway Code, such as on the road, on a pavement or on a path shared with cyclists and/or horse riders.
  • Areas with retail premises designated as zone 1 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 where there are 2 or more commercial/shop premises.
  • Car parks.
  • Cemeteries and Churchyards.
  • Any fenced, hedged or walled pond, area of water or nature reserve.
  • Marked sports fields whilst organised sport is in 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
  • The Slipway, Quay Car Park, Kingsbridge
  • Bus Station, Kingsbridge
  • All public footpaths within Kingsbridge town boundary
  • Butts Park, Newton Ferrers
  • The Green, Newton Ferrers (including areas adjacent to the War Memorial and to Dillons)
  • Community Wood, Malborough
  • 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. 

Failure to comply with these directions could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or a fine of up to £1000 if the matter goes to Court.