Dog control orders

From 1 April 2013, new Dog Control Orders have been introduced in Gwynedd to enforce responsible dog ownership.

The orders relate to: 

Breaching the order will result in a fixed penalty of £100 (reduced to £75 if paid within 10 working days) or prosecution.  

What does this mean for dog owners?

It will be an offence to fail to clean up after your dog on all public land in Gwynedd.

Dogs will be banned from:

  • land within the boundaries of schools, further and higher education establishments
  • children’s playing fields
  • recreational land
  • designated zones on specific beaches from 1 April to 30 September - view list and maps of beaches.

Dogs must be put on leads when directed to do so by an authorised officer, if the officer deems the dog to be causing a nuisance or annoyance in outdoor public places.

Assistance dogs for people with disabilities are exempt from the order.


Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet decided to introduce these orders on 19/02/2013 following a public consultation. View a copy of the report (see item 12).

Further information

For further information about the Dog Control Orders contact Galw Gwynedd 01766 771000 or e-mail