Portsmouth has parks, open spaces and beaches which welcome dogs, but there are some restrictions - byelaws known as Dog Control Orders.

These orders set out where and when dogs can be on and off-lead, and can be enforced by fixed penalty notices. Descriptions of the four different Dog Control Orders are:

  • Fouling of Land by Dogs Order - it is an offence not to clear up after your dog anywhere in Portsmouth.
  • Dogs Exclusion - there are some areas where dogs are not allowed, such as children's playgrounds. It is an offence to allow a dog under your control to enter one of these areas.
  • Dogs On Leads - it is an offence not to keep a dog under your control on a lead in one of these areas.
  • Dogs On Leads by Direction - you can exercise your dog off lead unless an officer of the council asks for a lead to be used, if for example, your dog is considered to be causing a nuisance. It is an offence not to comply.

Follow the links for what to do if you find a stray dog, or to report dog fouling.

Where you can take your dog in Portsmouth

From 30 April to 30 September 2017, you won't be able to take your dogs on the beach between the Royal Marines statue and Southsea Castle. We'll be consulting on these dates during 2017, when the current control order expires.

Dogs can play in all Portsmouth parks, apart from Victoria Park in the city centre. All dogs must be on a lead while walking around roads in Portsmouth.

The map below shows the areas of the city affected by Dog Control Orders.


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