A designated Environmental Protection Technician is employed from Monday to Friday to deliver a professional service, promoting responsible dog ownership and enforcing existing legislation by:
The Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that ‘any dog in a public place should wear the name and address of the owner either inscribed on the collar or name plate or disc attached to it'. A telephone number is optional but advisable. Remember, this is your pet's fastest ticket back home should they go missing. Dog ownership is a privilege that must be taken seriously.
Since 6 April 2016, all dog owners have been required to have their dogs microchipped and registered on an authorised commercial databases. Failure to comply could lead to a £500 fine. As part of this, dog owners are required to register the details of any new owner before they sell or give their dog away. Dog owners also need to keep their contact details up-to-date on the microchip database.
The amended Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 came into effect on 13 May 2014. This law applies to every single dog owner in England and Wales, regardless of the dog's size or breed. Under Section 3, it is a criminal offence for the person in charge of the dog to allow it to be ‘dangerously out of control' in a public place. A dog does not have to bite to be deemed dangerous in the eyes of the law. Generally, if a dog bites a person, it will be presumed to have been ‘dangerously out of control'; however, even if the dog does not bite, but gives the person grounds to feel that the dog may injure them, the law still applies.
If you have been attacked by a dog, please contact the Police. Dog-on-dog attacks are a civil matter and you may wish to seek legal advice.
Under the Act it is against the law to own certain types of dog, namely the Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero and XL Bully (from the 1st of February 2024) without a court exemption. However, the Act judges dogs according to their ‘type' rather than their specific breed. Therefore the Act also covers those having significant physical characteristics of the aforementioned breeds. It is up to the courts to decide the inclusion or exclusion of any particular dog from coverage by the Act, and every dog is judged individually on a case-by-case basis.
Following a concerning rise in attacks and fatalities caused by XL Bully dogs, the government has added this breed to the list of dogs banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
To help current owners adapt to the new laws, these changes will come into force in 2 stages.
From 31 December 2023 it will be against the law to:
From 1 February 2024 it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully dog in England and Wales unless your dog has a Certificate of Exemption.
For further information on how you can prepare for the ban on XL Bully dogs, please see the UK Government guidance.
To apply for a certificate of exemption to keep an XL Bully dog, please see the UK Government guidance.
For further information, please contact Environmental Health: