Dog Control Orders Phase 2

Please consider participating in the phase 2 consultation. It is important that Council Officers get the views of residents so that any proposals brought forward reflect the views and concerns of residents.

“You will be aware of the recent introduction of Dog Control Orders which were approved by Executive Board last November and came into effect on 1st February this year across the Leeds Metropolitan District . These Dog Control Orders are :-

The Dogs Exclusion (Leeds) Order 2011

Offence of allowing a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded, most commonly children’s play areas (for the full list of areas please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/dogs)

The Dogs Specified Maximum (Leeds) Order 2011

Offence when a single person walks more than 4 dogs.  Applies to any land within the area administered by the Council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access either with or without payment (including all access land).

The Dogs On Leads By Direction (Leeds) Order 2011

Not putting, and keeping, a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer.  Applies to any land within the area administered by the Council which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access either with or without payment (including all access land).

Proposals to undertake a second phase of the Dog Control Order project as directed by Executive Board were reported to Area Committees in the March/April cycle of committee meetings, to consider options for further Orders  to extend controls as follows:

To extend the dog exclusion provisions to other areas of land in addition to children’s play areas already designated, to include for example school and sports grounds, remembrance and wildlife gardens and additional children’s play areas not included in the original Order

  • To make a new Order requiring dogs to be on a lead at all times on certain specified land such as carriageways and adjacent footpaths and verges, cemeteries and crematoria.

 Over recent months discussions have been held with interested parties including those with land ownership responsibilities to shape proposals for formal public consultation which has now commenced and will run for the next 8 weeks.

Fuller details of the proposals can be obtained from the website www.leeds.gov.uk/dogs

You may wish to note that the proposal to extend the land from which dogs are excluded (banned) does not now include sports pitches as suggested in the original outline proposals, because where they do not have designated boundaries the law would be unenforceable, and the banning of dogs from whole areas of open land would be deemed unreasonable.

The consultation will close on 14th October 2011.

The results of the public consultation will be reviewed in conjunction with Members of Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Board  and proposals reported to Area Committees prior to making any recommendations to Executive Board, as any decision to implement any new Orders would be through Delegated Executive Function. At this stage it is hoped that a report with final proposals would be submitted to Executive Board in December 2011.

Your personal views on the proposals would be welcomed, in addition to views from Area Committees which we will be seeking as any proposals are further developed. Please respond by email to environmental.action@leeds.gov.uk. “