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Public space protection orders

Darlington Borough Council has replaced all existing Dog Control Orders in the borough with a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which comes into force on 7 September 2020.

In public areas covered by the PSPO you may be required to:

  • keep your dog on a lead on specified land including East, North and West cemeteries
  • put your dog on a lead if you are told by a police officer, civic enforcement officer, park ranger or someone from the council
  • stop your dog going onto land from which they are excluded such as parts of a park or a children's play area
  • clear up after your dog


If you ignore a PSPO you can be fined a £100 fixed penalty notice or up to £1,000 if it goes to court.

Please see the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) below for more details and the maps for the dog controlled areas in Darlington.

Public Spaces Protection Order - Dog Control [pdf document]

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