Controlling your dog in public

The Government has introduced new legislation, called Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) to control dogs in public spaces.

We recognise that dog owners like to be able to walk their dogs on beaches; however we also appreciate that not everyone likes or enjoys dogs.

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We had to decide how to introduce the new legislation and consulted on our proposals to replace existing Dog Control Orders with new PSPOs. We asked for people’s views on how we proposed to introduce the new legislation and also to let us know if they thought we should change any of the existing conditions in all or any of the locations proposed.

We took into account what people told us in their survey responses and made a recommendation to the Communities Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) to replace Dog Control Orders with new Public Spaces Protection Orders. The Communities PAC approved the recommendation - see item CPAC142 and also approved changes to three dog bans that were previously in place – at Gwithian where since the collapse of the steps at St Peters Point the access to the area of the beach where dogs are allowed has been restricted. The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) makes an adjustment to the boundary to resolve this issue.

All previous Dog Control Orders (DCOs) that controlled dogs on designated beaches in Cornwall, have now been replaced with new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO).

The new PSPO dog restrictions include all the same conditions, times, dates and durations, that were previously in place - for all but three beaches, meaning dogs are allowed on designated beaches at the same times as they were before.

Dates and times when dogs are restricted on designated beaches

All new PSPO dog restrictions, other than all year round exclusions, end on 30 September.

Two beaches have new times:

  • Porth Beach, Newquay: 9am to 7pm from 1 May to 30 September (formerly 24 hours from Easter Day to 1 October)
  • Porthleven West: 9am to 7pm (formerly 7am – 7pm) 1 May to 30 September

In addition to this the Gwithian beach PSPO provides new access to the area of the beach where dogs are allowed.

Members have also recommended that further work be carried out to harmonise the dates and times of seasonal dog bans across Cornwall’s beaches. 

If any of the conditions of the PSPO are breached, a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 can be issued in accordance with the Council’s enforcement policy. Failure to pay may lead to prosecution and being liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level three (currently £1,000) on the standard scale. The Order will have effect for three years (less on day) from the date they are made.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information about PSPOs.