Dog Control Orders

New legislation controlling dogs on designated beaches in Cornwall

Dog Control Orders for dogs on beaches, on designated beaches in Cornwall, have been replaced with new Government legislation called Public Spaces Protection Orders, known as PSPOs.

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The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 empowered local authorities to implement Dog Control Orders, after appropriate consultation. Dog Control Orders may restrict where you can walk your dog (on or off the lead) and how many dogs you can walk at one time. Dog Control Orders made it an offence if a person in charge of a dog failed 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.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. 

With effect from 20 November 2014 the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act has repealed the relevant sections of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 in respect of making new Dog Control Orders.  Subject to a proposed review by Cornwall Council, existing Dog Control Orders will remain in place for a further three years and will continue to be enforced under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.  After three years Dog Control Orders will automatically convert to Public Spaces Protection Orders.  Whereas Town and Parish Councils previously had the power to make Dog Control Orders, the power to make Public Spaces Protection Orders is confined to Cornwall Council.  For further information on the Anti-Social Crime and Behaviour Act 2014 please refer to the Home Office and DEFRA websites

Dog Control Orders - that restrict dogs on beaches on designated beaches in Cornwall - have been replaced with new Government legislation called Public Spaces Protection Orders.

Beaches where dog bans apply are patrolled on a regular basis. Persons with dogs on the beach during the ban period will 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 ban according to the time of day or year. You can find out which of Cornwall’s beaches do or do not permit dogs by as well as information about beaches generally on the Visit Cornwall website

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

Please be advised regarding information below in relation to Gwithian Beach dog control order. 

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

The current beach bans 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 now controlled in Cornwall under new 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, but the Council will assist where required and give advice as appropriate.

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