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.