Dorset Council consultation on a Dog related Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

The Council is required to consult on any Order produced under the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 every three years, to ensure that they continue to be current and appropriate.  This proposal aims to help ensure consistency, fairness and clarity for residents and visitors to Dorset and will assist the efficient use of enforcement resources.

A number of current orders from the previous councils of East Dorset, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland are having to be extended before they expire to ensure adequate time is given for the completion of this Order for public safety and animal welfare.  North Dorset is not due to expire until 2022 and Purbeck remains an Order until it is superseded.  For further information about the dog warden service in Dorset, the current orders in place and the confirmation of their extension until December 2020, visit

Following a 12 week consultation period, results will be published online, and will guide councillors’ decision making for the PSPO relating to dog control. It would be much appreciated if you could give 15-20 minutes of your time, to complete the survey which can be found at

The survey will begin on 24 January 2020 and close at midnight on 19 April 2020 and will then be reported to Dorset Council’s Place Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet in due course.

It would be appreciated if the survey link can be shared in any parish or town magazine, discussed in council meeting(s), and/or placed on any notice board to encourage as many views as possible.  Paper copies will be available on request in local libraries, for those that are unable to use the online form.  We will try our best to accommodate those with English as a second language or have difficulties with completing such surveys and ask that they contact the Council directly on 01305 251010 to ask for assistance

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