Dog control PSPO introduced for North Northants

Community safety

19 December 2023

A new area wide Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog control has been introduced.

The new PSPO covers:

  • Dog fouling on land
  • Dogs on leads in certain identified areas of public land
  • Dogs on leads upon request
  • Exclusion of dogs on certain areas of public land

It does not include restricting the number of dogs that can be taken onto land.
Following two consultations and Executive approval, the new order introduced supersedes the legacy orders which were in place in Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants areas. Until this point, there was no order in place in the Corby area. 

This new PSPO has been through two consultations and was revised, based on feedback following the initial consultation, which means we are certain it meets the needs of the whole of North Northants.

We appreciate that most dog owners in North Northants are responsible. This area wide PSPO will ensure everyone can enjoy our open spaces and all dog owners know what rules are in place.
Cllr Mark Rowley, the council’s Executive Member for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up
By having one PSPO for the whole area things will be much easier for dog walkers to understand and follow. Anyone found to be committing an offence could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, so I would encourage all dog owners to take a look at the new PSPO online and familiarise yourself with its content.Cllr David Brackenbury, the council’s Executive Member for Growth and Regeneration
Since NNC was introduced, Officers have worked hard to bring together services and policies, including orders like this one, to address any geographical differences and simplify controls for residents. To get to this point, we have been through a rigorous process with opportunities for residents to have their say before the new PSPO was introduced. 

I am pleased that we have now concluded the process and there is now one area wide PSPO in place.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

The full dog control PSPO is now available online.