Dog control orders

We have adopted the dog control orders as part of the Public Spaces Protection (Cheltenham) Order 2017 under 59 and 63 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Dog control orders replace the previous system of byelaws for the control of dogs.

The dog control order regulations cover the following offences:

  • failing to remove dog faeces
  • not keeping a dog on a lead
  • not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  • permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded


If a dog defecates at any time on land to which this Order applies, a person who is in charge of the dog at the time must remove the faeces from the land immediately.

Failing to produce a receptacle for picking up dog faeces

A person in charge of a dog on land to which this order applies must have with them an appropriate means to pick up dog faeces deposited by that dog.

The obligation is complied with if, after a request from an Authorised Person, the person in charge of the ·dog produces an appropriate receptacle to pick up dog faeces. A receptacle is defined as any object capable of holding faeces for disposal.
By way of guidance, a trouser or coat or other pocket is not such item for the purpose of this obligation. Neither is a handbag, rucksack, purse or sports bag.

Dogs on leads order and walking more than four dogs

Under this order, you must keep your dog on a lead and no one person may take more than four dogs in these areas :

  • all roads, pavements, verges and footpaths in Cheltenham
  • all pedestrianised roads in Cheltenham
  • all allotments
  • one of the following pleasure grounds, public walks or open spaces:
    • Imperial Gardens, Promenade
    • Sandford Park, the area between High StreeUBath Road/College Road/Bath Parade
    • The Long Garden, Promenade
    • Berkeley Gardens, London Road
    • Oxford Gardens, London Road
    • Priory Gardens, London Road
    • Naunton Park Rose Garden
    • Pittville Park (area between Pittville Pump Rooms and the lake)
    • Honeybourne Line the area between Market Street and Queens Road between 8am - 9:30am and 3pm - 5pm during school term times.
    • Griffiths Avenue Local Nature Reserve
    • Lawrence Close Nature Reserve
    • Little Herberts Nature Reserve
    • Pilley Bridge Nature Reserve

Dogs on leads by direction order

Under this order, you must put your dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer in the following areas:

  • all of Cheltenham Borough Council's gardens, parks and open spaces
  • all Cheltenham Borough Homes recreation and other land

Dog exclusion order

Under this order, a person in charge of a dog must not take it into areas of the Authorities' owned land which has been designated to exclude dogs unless:

  • they have reasonable excuse for failing to do so; or
  • the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to his failing to do so.

The Designated Area of land to exclude dogs are:

  • children's playgrounds and areas which are designated and marked for children's play;
  • all games areas e.g. tennis, ball courts, wheeled sports areas;
  • all bowling greens;
  • marked playing pitches - when in use for playing sports
  • all water features, lakes and watercourses

The offence does not apply to a person who:

  • is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948; or
  • a person with a disability affecting their mobility, manual dexterity or ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects who relies upon a dog trained by a prescribed charity for assistance.

Fixed penalty notices

Cheltenham Borough Council will issue fixed penalty notices to enforce the Dog Control Orders above as prescribed by the Public Spaces Protection (Cheltenham) Order 2017 under 59 and 63 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The penalty is £80. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notices may result in prosecution.

Existing dog laws that remain in force

There are other dog laws that will remain unchanged in Cheltenham. These include the requirement that all dogs in public places have a collar and tag with the owner's name and address on it.

Further national guidance