Dog Fouling

Failing to clean up after your dog on any relevant public land is a criminal offence under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996, and the maximum penalty that a Court can impose on conviction is a fine of £1,000, together with a criminal record. However, Suffolk District County Council, who have the responsibility for enforcing the act, may offer an offender the opportunity to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 (£60 if paid promptly), which, if paid, discharges the offender from liability to prosecution.

When walking your dog, always remember to take a bag with you to pick up the mess and always pay attention to what your dog is doing at all times – not having a suitable bag, or not noticing that the dog had fouled, is no excuse for failing to clear up after it.

And remember - any bin will do! Dog waste must always be picked up and placed in either a dog waste bin or litter bin, or taken home and placed in your grey-lidded wheelie bin.

Anyone who observes an offence of dog fouling, littering or fly-tipping, and has any information (for example, the name and address of an offender if known, or the registration number of their vehicle) that would help us to investigate and identify those responsible is urged to “tip us off” by contacting us on: 01394 444000. Any report made will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Suffolk Coastal District Council


Dog waste in public areas is managed through scheduled street cleansing however, if reported, incidents of dog mess will be removed from roads, parks, play areas and tourist beaches within 24 hours. To report an incident of dog fouling in need of cleaning, please contact the Council - 01473 625179 Email:

Kesgrave Town Council

Last update on Sunday 12 Jun 2016 by Alan Comber.

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