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Dog control and animal welfare

Dog fouling

  • Report dog foul

    Help us clamp down on dog fouling by reporting it, you can:

    Report dog fouling online

    We want to know:

    • Where the dog fouling is – the exact location will really help, include street names, areas, or landmarks.
    • The time you think the dog fouling happens – do you know what time the offending dog is usually walked?
    • What the dog looks like – if you know the colour, breed or size this will help us identify the offender.
  • Disposing of dog foul

    The dog owner is responsible for cleaning up after their dog.

    You should always pick up your dog waste and put it in the nearest litter bin. You can use any plastic bag and any litter bin, including your black bin at home. Don't put dog waste in your blue or brown bins as this can contaminate them.

    If you do not pick up after your dog, you may receive a £80 fixed penalty notice. If paid within 10 days, the fine will be reduced to £50.

    If you don’t pay this fine, we can take you to court where the fine could increase to up to £1,000.

    Tips 

    • Carry a plastic bag or 'poop scoop' with you
    • Teach your dog to go to the toilet in your garden before you leave home
    • Don't let your dog onto the street to foul
    • Respect dog-free areas
  • Pay a fine for dog fouling

    You can pay a fine online for any dog fouling offences.

    You'll need to enter your fixed penalty reference number which is on the top left of the fixed penalty notice. Please enter your reference number and surname in the exact format they appear on the notice. You will also need to enter your email address so we can send you a payment confirmation.

    Pay a fine

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Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

dogwardens@belfastcity.gov.uk

028 9027 0431

Dog control, Ground Floor, Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast, BT2 8BP

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