Public Space Protection Order (PSPO): Dog Control consultation

Gwynedd Council has decided to open a statutory consultation to consider whether to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the control of dogs.

The Order is about:

  • prohibiting dogs from going to the following places:
    • Public outdoor spaces, with a 'Dog Exclusion Zone' sign at the entrance
    • Children's play areas
    • School, college and university grounds
    • Playgrounds (and land within 2 meters of these grounds)
    • Other sports facilities
    • Specific beaches within the county (from 1 April to 30 September)
  • forcing dog owners clean or pick up after their dog has fouled
  • forcing dog owners to put a dog on a lead, if requested to do so by an authorised officer

Why are we consulting?

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“2014 Act”) gives the Council powers to introduce an Order to tackle specific nuisance (s) or problem (s) in certain areas. An Order can deal with a number of things, including dog control.

Prior to the 2014 Act coming into force, the Council's powers to control dogs originated from the Clean Neighborhoods and Environment Act 2005 and related rules. In accordance with this legislation, on 13 March 2013 the Council issued the following orders:

  • The Dogs Exclusion (Gwynedd Council) Order 2013
  • The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Gwynedd Council) Order 2013
  • The Dogs on Lead by Direction (Gwynedd Council) Order 2013

The Council feels that a new Order now needs to be considered, as the old Orders from 2013 no longer meet the standards of the latest legislation. A new Order will give the Council the opportunity to redefine and manage dog control problems more effectively.

Before deciding to make an Order, the Council is required by law to carry out a public consultation.

The consultation is an opportunity for the public to express their views on what is in the draft Order. It is also an opportunity to say if the number of rules in the draft are adequate, or if more are needed (e.g. a rule that requires owners to keep a dog on a lead at all times, even where no officer has instructed).



Take part in the discussion 

If you wish to comment on the proposed Order please complete our online questionnaire. It's important that you read the documents below before hand.   

Draft of the proposed Public Space Protection Order (PSPO): Dog Control 

Maps of the designated areas on specific beaches 


We appreciate your views on the Order:

Complete questionnaire online 

Please submit your comments by June 21, 2021.


Further information

If you have any questions about the questionnaire or need a large print copy, Braille, or another languages etc., please contact or 01766 771000 to discuss your requirements.