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 publicprotection@blackburn.gov.uk or write to

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

This consultation will run until 4th January 2021.