Clean streets in Camden

Dog fouling and dog control

Dog fouling

Owners who don’t clean up after their dogs are foul, and those irresponsible owners will get a fine of £80 if they’re caught.

As well as being disgusting and unsightly, dog mess can carry a parasite called toxocara which can lead to infection. At its worst this infection can cause blindness.

You can bag and bin dog mess and dispose of it in any of our on street bins, as well as the 52 dog bins across the borough. Please do so and help us keep the borough clean.

How can I help defeat dog fouling?

Dog control

Dogs taken onto public streets in Camden must be under control. A dog under control will obey commands from its owner, whether on the lead or off the lead.

A dog is out of control if it is behaving in such a way that could cause damage, distress or harm to people.

Responsible dog ownership checklist

  • Do not allow your dog to damage public property, including trees, playground equipment and planted areas in parks
  • Be aware of the dog exclusion areas in Camden parks and open spaces
  • All dogs must wear a collar and name tag with the owner’s name and address – this is required by law
  • Do not allow your dog out on its own
  • Every time your dog fouls, bag it and bin it

Dog control orders

Our three dog control orders as prescribed within the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 are:

London Borough of Camden (Fouling of Land by Dogs) Order 2007

It is an offence for failing to remove dog fouling

London Borough of Camden (Dogs on Leads by Direction) Order 2007

It is an offence of not putting and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer

London Borough of Camden (Dogs Exclusion) Order 2007

It is an offence to permit a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded. These areas are:

  • Children's play areas
  • Fenced sports areas
  • Multi-user games areas (housing)
  • Nature conservation areas
  • Flower beds and planted beds
  • Camden Square Gardens (north)
  • Chalcot Square Gardens (all)
  • Primrose Gardens (south)
  • Fortune Green picnic area

In Camden, authorised officers including Park Officers, Police Community Support Officers and Hampstead Heath Police have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to enforce the Dog Control Orders above. The payment is £80 within 14 days or £50 if paid within 10 days. Failure to pay the fixed penalty notices may result in prosecution.

Dog control orders in full

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