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Dog issues

Information about dog fouling, dog waste bins, dog control, and dog welfare

Dog control

The Public Spaces Protection Order (Control of Dogs) 2015 places controls on dog fouling, requiring dogs to be on leads, or banning dogs in certain parts of the borough.

To find out more you can download a full copy of the order.

Dog fouling

Owners are required to clean up after their dogs, so if someone isn't, please let us know.

Use our online report form if you:

  • see a dog-fouling incident
  • have information on owners who do not pick up after their dogs

You can report dog fouling using our online report form. You can now track the progress of your report through registering for our My Account service.

Registering for an account is easy and will allow you to securely access our services 24/7.

To report dog fouling you'll need:

  • the location of the dog mess
  • details of the dog owner (if known)

Report dog fouling

Dog fouling signs

Most public areas have a sign to tell visitor's that dog fouling is not allowed. It is not possible to sign every street. But if you feel an area would benefit from a sign, please let us know.

Where are dogs banned?

Dogs are banned in the following areas: 

Town/Parish Land Period
Bircham Children’s Play Ground, Monks Close All year
Burnham Market Playing Field, Station Road All year
Castle Acre Playing Field, Massingham Road All year
Dersingham Children’s Play Ground, Hunstanton Road All year
Docking Children’s Play Ground, Bradmere Lane All year
East Winch Children’s Play Ground, Town Close All year
Heacham Recreation Ground, Station Road All year
Hunstanton Beach from the Power Boat Ramp TF667400 to northern extremity of the Promenade TF671414 10 April - 31 October inclusive
Hunstanton Children’s Play Ground, Sea Lane All year
King’s Lynn Children’s Play Ground, All Saints Street All year
King’s Lynn Children’s Play Ground, Loke Road All year
King’s Lynn Children’s Play Ground, Parkway, Gaywood All year
King’s Lynn Children’s Play Ground, The Walks All year
Marham Children’s Play Ground, The Street All year
Methwold Playing Field, Crown Street All year
Ringstead Playing Field, High Street All year
Sedgeford Children’s Play Ground, Jarvie Close All year
Watlington Children’s Play Ground, Church Road All year
Watlington Children’s Play Ground, Stone Close All year

Where dogs must be kept on a lead

Dogs must be kept on a lead in the following areas:

  • Hunstanton - Promenade from the Power Boat Ramp TF667400 to northern extremity of the Promenade TF671414 (between 10 April and 31 October inclusive)

Penalties for offenders

If someone fails to comply with the requirements of the order we can:

  • issue a £80 fixed penalty notice (single offence)
  • prosecute the offender, which can result in a fine up to £1000

Dog waste bins

We provide dog waste bins in areas where dogs are likely to be walked, such as:

  • parks
  • open spaces
  • beaches

We don't provide dog waste bins in residential estates or streets.

We are responsible for dog waste bins in the following areas:

  • King's Lynn
  • Heacham Beach
  • Snettisham Coastal Path
  • Hunstanton
  • Downham Market

If you live in a village, dog waste bins are provided by your Parish Council. If you feel that your area would benefit from a dog waste bin, please contact your Parish Clerk.

Report a problem with a dog waste bin or request a new one

You can report an overflowing or damaged bin using our online form. You can also request a dog litter bin for King's Lynn, Downham Market or Hunstanton.

You can report a problem with a dog waste bin using our online report form. You can now track the progress of your report through registering for our My Account service.

Registering for an account is easy and will allow you to securely access our services 24/7.

To report a problem with a dog waste bin or request a dog waste bin you'll need to know:

  • where the problem bin is or where one is needed
  • what's wrong with the bin (if applicable)

Report a problem with a dog waste bin or request a new one

Lost and stray dogs

We deal with dogs that have gone missing or been found. For more information please visit our lost and stray dogs page.

Barking dogs

If you're experiencing a noise nuisance from a barking dog, you can find out how we may be able to help on our noise nuisance page.

Dangerous dogs

As an owner it's your responsibility to keep your dogs under control. For more information about dangerous dogs and dog control orders please see our dangerous dog enforcement page.

Dog welfare

If you suspect that a dog, or any animal, is being mistreated, please contact the RSPCA.