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PSPO proposals - Dogs

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.

As part of a three year review into the current order, the council is launching a public consultation regarding the existing Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) related to dog controls in operation across the borough.

The consultation offers an opportunity to review the current controls in place and determine if the controls should be changed or if any new controls should be considered.

As a result of the previous consultation in 2018, BARK (Blackpool Association Responsible K9's) was established which helped create a set of dog controls which were considered appropriate and met the necessary requirements to control dog behaviour across the borough.

The consultation proposals focus on maintaining the existing controls in place and proposes no new controls for consideration.

This consultation will close on 24 October 2021. You can view the following dog restrictions areas in detail on the embedded map at the bottom of this page.

To have your say on the consultation proposals, please respond below.

A summary of the existing controls and the locations in which certain controls are in place are summarised below:

Year round dog exclusions

Continuation of a year round exclusion for dogs in the following areas:

  • All fenced children's play areas
  • All Multi Use Games (MUGAs), play adventure, athletics, trampoline areas or arenas
  • All ball courts. For the avoidance of doubt this includes tennis, basketball and netball courts
  • All BMX and skate park areas or arenas
  • All bowling greens, pitch and put and crazy golf areas or arenas
  • To enter the water in Stanley Park Boating Lake, Stanley Park ornamental ponds, and Marton Mere lake
  • The playing area of all marked sports pitches when in use
  • Stanley Park - those areas shown in Plan 2 hatched red shown on the map at the bottom of the page

Seasonal exclusions

Continuation of no dogs at any time from 1 May and 30 September in the following areas; the areas of beach, including all steps, slades and footways, from North Pier in a southerly direction to a point opposite the Solaris Centre identified by the modern art structure commonly referred to as the mirror ball.


Dogs on leads - year round

Continuation of a year round lead restrictions for dogs in the following areas:

  • All public roads including (but not by way of limitation), pavements, footways, alleyways and ginnels across the borough;
  • Public open space areas, parks, recreational/amenity areas, gardens as described below:
    • All cemeteries and churchyards
    • All car parks
    • Tram tracks and adjacent footpaths
    • Promenades between North and South Piers, being the open areas of land from the carriageway and or tram track and the beach
    • Jubilee Gardens, Gynn Square
    • Cenotaph, adjacent to North Pier
    • Marton Mere Local Nature Reserve
    • Fylde Memorial Arboretum, Moor Park Avenue
    • South Promenade tram track grass embankments
    • Starr Gate tram loop
    • George Bancroft Park

Dogs on leads - seasonal

Continuation of dogs being on leads at all times from 1 May and 31 August between 10.00 am and 4.00pm in each year across Stanley Park Italian Gardens and café terrace, including the enforcement of a fixed penalty notice for non-compliance. The area covered by this restriction is described below and as shown hatched red in Plan 3.


Dogs on leads by request

Continuation of the existing dogs on leads by request rule on all land within the borough, including around open space ponds and wetlands.

Means to pick up dog faeces

Dog walkers being required to show they have the means to pick up dog mess when challenged by authorised officers (a dog warden, police officer, police community support officer or someone authorised by Blackpool Council), including the enforcement of a fixed penalty notice for noncompliance.

To view the full current order, please click the link below.

The current order


Yellow: Dogs on leads

Red: Dogs restricted

Purple: Dogs restricted between 1 May and 30 September

Green: Dogs on leads by direction (borough wide)