Dog fouling

In which areas must I clean up after my dog

You must clear up after your dog on any land to which the public has access.  This can include private land where the landowner has given permission for the public to enter.

The only exemptions to this are:

  • A registered blind person with an assistance dog
  • A deaf person in respect of a dog trained by Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
  • The person has a disability which affects their mobility, manual dexterity, physical co-ordination or ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects. This relates only to an assistance dog trained by a prescribed charity
  • Where the landowner has consented to the owner not cleaning up


A fixed penalty notice of £100.00 will be issued.

Not having a bag is not a reasonable excuse for not clearing up after the dog.

What can be done?

Bassetlaw District Council do not provide poo bags, it is the owner's responsibility to ensure they have them.

The Dog Warden has a number of procedures to combat dog fouling problems.

The Council can use any of the following methods to eradicate fouling:

  • Fouling signs
  • Fouling Letters
  • Leaflet Drop
  • Surveillance
  • Education

Dog Fouling Bins

Bassetlaw District Council does not provide specific dog fouling bins. Dog faeces should be bagged up and put in normal household waste and public bins. General waste bins with dog fouling stickers attached can be requested from the authority’s Environment Services.

Last Updated on Thursday, January 11, 2024