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Dog fouling

Our responsibilities



North Devon Council is responsible for enforcing the law which obliges the person in charge of a dog to clean up dog fouling.

Our dog warden service carries out this and other functions.

We provide dog bins throughout the district although some of the bins are provided by parish and town councils.

Your responsibilities



Quite apart for being unpleasant, dog faeces can present a serious health hazard particularly to young children.

The person in charge of a dog, whether they are the owner or not, must by law (under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 external website) clean up after the dog has fouled in any public access areas. This includes car parks, grass verges, recreation and sports grounds, parks, river walks, pavements and footpaths, gutters and carriageways, beaches. Failure to do so can result in a fixed penalty of £75 or a maximum fine of £1,000.

If you witness a dog fouling incident, please report it to us through our online form. You can also download a copy of our dog fouling report leaflet (2.57MB pdf).




Contact information



To contact the Customer Service Centre:

Telephone: 01271 388870
For Typetalk: precede with 18001
Text: 07624 804042
Fax: 01271 388451
Email: customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk
Web form: report an incident
Web form: request a service

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