Dog Control in East Devon
There are many dogs in East Devon and the vast majority belong to responsible owners who take care of them and ensure that they do not foul public areas. Unfortunately the small number of inconsiderate dog owners who do not clear up after their dogs cause problems for the community in general.
The Council have a set of Dog Control Orders applicable across the District.:
- A single, district wide order making it an offence to:-
fail to pick-up after your dog fouls,
fail to put your dog on a lead when told to do so by an authorised officer,
take out more than six dogs at any one time.
- An Order prohibiting dogs from certain areas
- An Order prohibiting dogs from certain parts of the beaches between 1 May and 30 September each year
- An Order requiring that dogs be kept on leads in certain areas
All these offences are punishable by a fine of up to £1000 following conviction. For first offences, officers could issue a fixed penalty notice with a fine of £80.
On the right of this page are links to the areas where we have made these Orders. If you click on the name of the town or parish you are interested in, you can see details of each Order and maps of the area where we have applied them.
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Beach ban and other byelaws
Dogs are banned from certain areas of beach in East Devon from 1 May to 30 September each year. Please view the map of Dog Exclusion areas.
Restrictions apply in the following areas:
- Budleigh Salterton
In addition, some other local byelaws are applicable, particularly in parks, gardens and children's play areas. Notices are usually displayed for guidance. Full details are available from East Devon Community Enforcement Officers.
Dog faeces are unpleasant and can present a serious health hazard, particularly to young children. You can report fouling to us by completing our report animal fouling online form.
Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environmental Act 2005, owners MUST clear up after their dogs on all land (including beaches) to which the public have access, with the exception of Forestry Commission land where their own rules apply. Failure to clear up after your dog can result in a £80 fixed penalty ticket. No preliminary warnings are given and if the fine is not paid the case will be taken to court.
When walking your dog, always carry a "poop scoop" or suitable receptacle to pick up your dog’s faeces. These can be put in a dog waste bin or taken home for disposal. If this is not possible, double-wrap them in two plastic bags and place them in an ordinary litter bin.
East Devon District Council has provided many dog waste bins, each emptied twice a week.
Each year we deal with around 100 "lost dog" calls. We will collect stray dogs and where the dog can be identified from its collar, tag or from a microchip, we will try to return it to its owner. We do make every effort to match calls about "lost and found" dogs and to reunite strays with their rightful owners at the earliest opportunity. We may in some cases be able to do this without incurring kennelling charges.
When the owner cannot be found or identified (or on a second or subsequent straying), our dog warden contractors will seize the dog and take it to kennels. Straying dogs can be expensive. There will then be an administration charge (currently £37) plus any vet's fees (where necessary) and the kennels' boarding rate (currently £11.15 for each day or part day) to be paid to the kennels or the dog warden before the dog is returned. The day of admission will always count as one full day and the day of collection will count as another day (if it is not the same day of course). Before reclaiming a dog you will be asked to provide both proof of your identity (for example your passport, driving licence or a credit or debit card in your name) and proof of your address (for example a utility bill of bank statement in your name showing your current address).
We will look after every stray dog for a period of up to seven days. If a dog is not claimed within this period, every effort will be made to re-home it. No dog will be destroyed unless a vet advises so.
Stray dogs or lost dogs should be reported by completing our online stray dog form or lost dog form. Alternatively you can call us on 0870 6091449, 0845 2417253 or 01942 818832. If you find you have lost your dog outside normal office hours the Council's out of hours service will inform the dog warden on the next working day.
Collar and tag
With few exceptions, every dog in a public place is required by law to have a collar and tag with details of the owner's name and address. These are legal requirements in addition to any microchip that the dog may have.
It is an offence, punishable with a maximum fine of £5,000, to fail to comply with this requirement. If we find your dog without a collar and tag, in the first instance you will be given seven days to rectify the situation. Failure to do so is likely to result in prosecution.
Barking comes naturally to dogs but constant barking or whining of a dog can be disturbing and annoying for a neighbour. In law, a barking dog can be a nuisance and the owner can be taken to court if nothing is done to stop it.
Worrying of livestock
If a dog worries livestock on agricultural land, its owner (or the person in control of it) is guilty of an offence. The definition of worrying livestock includes attacking or chasing, or being at large in a field/enclosure while not on a lead or under control. This is a serious offence and we prosecute in relation to most instances reported to us.
Page last updated on 19 October 2012