Consultation for the renewal of the Dog Control Public Space Protection Order

In 2018 the Council used its powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to introduce a Public Space Protection Order relating to dog fouling and other dog-control related matters. The PSPO expires in January 2021, and the Council is considering renewing it in the same terms.

Specifically, the PSPO requires that

  • Dog owners have to pick up their dog’s faeces when on land the public has access to.
  • Dogs have to be kept on leads when in
    • Pleasington Cemetery
    • Blackburn Cemetery
    • Darwen Cemetery
    • Darwen Eastern Cemetery
  • And dogs are not allowed at all in specified children’s play areas.

Breaching the PSPO is punishable by prosecution and a fine of up to £1000, or a £100 fixed penalty.

It is a defence for a person to show that they had reasonable excuse not to comply, or had permission of the landowner.

The order does not apply to a person who is registered blind, is deaf with a hearing dog, or is disabled and relies on a dog trained by Dogs for the Disabled, Support Dogs Ltd or Canine Partners for Independence.

A copy of the current PSPO is available below.

The Council would be interested to receive your comments on the proposal to renew the PSPO. Please email your comments to or write to

The Service Lead, Public Protection and Environmental Health, Davyfield Depot, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn , BB1 2LX

This consultation closed on 4th January 2021.