Fly-tipping, Littering and Public Land

Dog Fouling

We have a zero tolerance policy on irresponsible dog owners who allow their dogs to foul and then do nothing about it. We proactively enforce the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996.

If you see someone failing to clean up after their dog you can report it online.

What does that mean?

Under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 it is an offence to allow a dog to foul, and then not immediately clean up after it, on any open land to which the public have access, this includes both our commons and all public places including car parks.

If owners allow their dogs to foul on open land in Lincoln City, and fail to clean up after them, they are committing an offence. A fixed penalty notice can be issued, or if convicted in a court, they can be fined up to £1,000.

What if it’s not my dog?

If the dog is in your charge, you are responsible for cleaning up after it.

What if I don’t know my dog has fouled?

That’s no excuse! It’s your dog, you have to take responsibility for it. If you allow your dog to stray and it fouls, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice or be prosecuted.

What if I haven’t got a poop scoop?

Again - no excuse. If you take your dog out, make sure you bring along the means to clean up after it.

Poop scoops are readily available from pet shops. Nappy bags or ordinary plastic bags are just as good.

I’ve cleaned up the dog dirt, where do I put it?

To try to make life as easy as possible for dog owners, there are a large number of dog waste bins around the city. It is also acceptable to put dog waste in ordinary litter bins.

Please make sure it is securely wrapped first. If there is no bin available, please take your waste home and dispose of it in your dustbin, making sure it is properly wrapped.

There are signs up around the city to remind people, but remember, you must still clean up after your dog, even if you can’t see a sign or a bin.

By cleaning up after your dog you are acting as a responsible owner. You are also protecting our children’s health and doing the environment a favour.