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Dog Control

Dogs restrictions are governed by Public Spaces Protection Orders, known as PSPOs.

A Cornwall wide Public Space Protection Order makes it an offence if a person in charge of a dog fails to clean up its faeces. Designated land is any land that is open to the air and to which the public are permitted to have access by way of payment or not. See dog fouling for more information, or report dog fouling to the Council.  Dogs are also restricted on certain beaches in Cornwall.

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There is also a PSPO for 'Dogs on leads by direction', whereby an authorised officer can instruct a person responsible for a dog to place it on a lead where it is considered that the dog is causing a nuisance.  Where a dog is dangerously out of control, this is a matter for the Police.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. 

Under the above Act Cornwall Council is obliged to review Public Space Protection Orders every three years.  Town and Parish Councils previously had the power to make Dog Control Orders however, the power to make Public Spaces Protection Orders is now solely with Cornwall Council.  For further information on the Anti-Social Crime and Behaviour Act 2014 please refer to the Home Office and DEFRA websites

There are some beaches in Cornwall that have dog restrictions.

Beaches where dog restrictions apply are patrolled wherever possible. Anyone with a dog on the beach during the restricted period can be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £100 and asked to remove their dog from the beach immediately.

Different beaches around Cornwall operate different types of restrictions according to the time of day or year. Further information on beaches in Cornwall can be found on the Visit Cornwall website, which include information on dog restricted and dog friendly beaches. 

Please note that guide dogs are allowed on beaches where dog restrictions are in place. 

Dates and times when dogs are restricted on designated beaches

Please see the PSPO beach maps for further clarification of where the orders cover

Gwithian Beach access issues 

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), that restricts dogs on Gwithian Beach, has provided access to the area of the beach where dogs are allowed.

Steps to the ‘dog friendly’ area of beach at Gwithian were damaged by a landslip. Cornwall Council is not the owner of this section of beach and we are unaware whether the owners are likely to provide a new access. CORMAC Solutions inspected the damage and determined that there is no practical way of re-instating the original access to the beach so the path is likely to be permanently closed.

The PSPO has taken this into account and the the dog friendly area of the beach has been amended to provide new access.

Further information on beach bans

The current beach dog restrictions around Cornwall have been reviewed by a Single Issue Panel of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, who produced a report and recommendations. Dogs on beaches are controlled in Cornwall under Government legislation called Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

There are miles and miles of coastline within the county where dogs and their owners are welcome and can enjoy all that Cornwall has to offer but please remember to always clean up after your dog.

Please contact the Council on 0300 1234 212 if you have any further queries or wish to report any incident relating to a particular beach.

If you lose your dog or find a stray, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 212 as we keep a register of all stray dogs we pick up.

For more information, visit the stray dogs page.

If you have a dog that you wish to be re-homed, please contact either the RSPCA , other rescue kennels or Cornwall Council for advice on this issue.

The police have the powers to deal with dangerous dogs and dogs dangerously out of control.

Cornwall Council will deal with complaints about barking dogs in a similar way to any other type of noise nuisance. Please visit the noise nuisance page for more information.

For more information please contact the Dog Welfare and Enforcement team by email or by calling 0300 1234 212