PSPO proposals - Dogs

A new Public Spaces Protection Order which has some limited restrictions on dog walkers is being proposed by Blackpool Council.

Blackpool Council welcomes responsible dog walkers/owners and their dogs in our parks, on our promenade and beaches, but in some areas dogs need to be on a lead and in other areas it is not appropriate for dog walking at all.

This consultation will close on 25 September 2018. You can view the following dog restrictions areas on the embedded map at the bottom of this page.

Proposal 1: Dogs on leads

In certain areas dogs must be kept on a lead, this applies to all roads, pavements and footpaths. Blackpool Council is proposing to continue enforcing dogs on leads in the following areas:

  • Adopted highways
  • Car parks
  • Cemetery/ Crematoria
  • Bowling green peripheries
  • The promenades between North and South Piers
  • Allotments
  • Ecological sites
  • Nature reserves
  • Stanley Park (excluding south fields)
  • All tram tracks and adjacent footways
  • Princess Parade crazy golf
  • Gynn Flagstaff gardens
  • Jubilee Gardens
  • Highfield Park
  • Louis Horrocks Recreational Ground
  • Warbeck Recreational Ground
  • Memorial Arboretum
  • Marton Mere local nature reserve
  • Fylde Memorial Arboretum and Community Woodland
  • Bispham Library gardens
  • Central Library gardens
  • George Bancroft Park
  • Raikes Parade open space
  • South shore crescent (north and south) open space
  • Solaris Centre
  • Blackpool RUFC
  • Moor Park sports facilities
  • Common Edge Road playing field
  • Kingscote Park playing field

A dog walker/owner may be liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for non-compliance.

Blackpool Council is proposing to increase the number of 'dogs on leads' areas to the following areas:

  • Fishers Field
  • Promenade middle walk
  • Cabin walkway
  • Squires Gate tram circle
  • South promenade grassed area

Proposal 2: Dog exclusion areas

Blackpool has a number of areas where dogs are not permitted.

Blackpool Council are also looking to exclude dogs from marked out sports pitches, to eliminate the nuisance of dog fouling and damage to playing services.

If you allow your dog to enter one of these areas you could face a fine of £100.

Blackpool Council is proposing to continue to exclude dogs from the following areas:

  • Children's play areas
  • Multi-use games areas (MUGAs)
  • Skate parks and BMX parks
  • Tennis courts
  • Ball courts
  • Bowling green sports surfaces
  • Lakes and wetlands (Stanley Park Lake, Marton Mere, Ashfield, Kincraig, Lawsons Road)
  • Bridle-ways (Herons Reach, Progress Way)
  • Cenotaph (war memorial)

Proposal 3: New Proposals

Blackpool Council has received a number of complaints about individuals walking an excessive amount of dogs without being in control of them.

Blackpool Council therefore proposes the following dog restrictions, with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for non-compliance.

  • That a dog walker/owner should be limited to walking a maximum of four dogs at any one time with a maximum of two dogs being off lead at any one time
  • That a dog walker/owner must be able to provide the means to pick up their dog's faeces at the request of an authorised officer

Proposal 4: Dogs on leads by direction

Dogs on leads by direction areas are areas where dogs are allowed off the lead but a person in charge of a dog must put it on a lead if requested to do so by an authorising officer.

Blackpool Council is proposing to implement 'dogs on leads by direction' restrictions for the entirety of the Blackpool borough.

A dog walker/owner may be liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for non-compliance.

Proposal 5: Microchipping dogs

Blackpool Council encourages responsible dog ownership within the borough. Since April 2016 it has been compulsory for dogs' owners to ensure their dog is microchipped and already many responsible dog owners in Blackpool have had their dog microchipped.

Blackpool Council is proposing to disallow non-microchipped dogs from being exercised off-lead in any public place.

A dog walker/owner may be liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 for non-compliance.


Yellow: Dogs on leads

Red: Dogs restricted

Purple: Dogs restricted between 1 May and 30 September

Green: Dogs on leads by direction (borough wide)