Public space protection order - dogs in the borough survey

Havant Borough Council introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in 2017 (and then granted a year-long extension up to 2021), which updated all previous dog byelaws into a single order.

This order covered the exclusion of dogs from specified land including recreation grounds and tennis courts, the fouling of land by dogs and the removal of dog faeces, dogs on leads and dogs on leads by direction.

Anyone who is found guilty of an offence under this order will receive a fixed penalty notice of £80.

Full information on the existing PSPO and the areas covered within the current order can be found on our website.  

Reviewing this order

The council is now reviewing this order and before deciding on the future course of action, we asked for the views of the residents and visitors to the borough.

Dogs are a large and enjoyable part of everyday life for many of our residents and visitors and the council of course recognises the pleasure that dogs bring to individuals and families – therefore the desire and legal requirement* is to take into account the views of those affected before any decision is made.

Please note that a registered blind person, or a person with a disability affecting their mobility, manual dexterity, physical co-ordination and ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects and who relies upon a dog trained by a prescribed charity for assistance is exempt from this order.

The public consultation ran from Monday 19 October to Friday 27 November 2020 and results will be shared shortly.

* Defra ‘Code of Practice for the Welfare of Dogs’