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Dog fouling

Coronavirus updates

Our offices are closed and the Dog Warden Service is currently working within a limited capacity to provide some services. Although we cannot respond to complaints regarding dog fouling, we will respond to:

  • urgent requests for assistance in relation to dog attacks or dangerous dogs,
  • requests regarding prohibited dog breeds
  • stray dogs that have been contained.
  • Any other calls about stray dogs will be prioritised on a case by case basis.

All other requests for service will be logged and progressed when normal services resume.

We are working hard to fight dog fouling, but it is the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their dog.

Dog fouling campaigns

Pick up or pay up

Our dog fouling advertising campaign deals with the issue of people not cleaning up after their dogs and leaving their dirt on the streets of Belfast. The message is simple – Pick up or Pay up.

We want all dog walkers to clean up after their dog, it’s their responsibility. Allowing a dog to foul without clearing it up is littering and you can get an £80 on the spot fine. It also causes disease and is dangerous. The campaign will include adverts on buses, bus shelters, social media, radio and TV.

Report dog fouling

Help us stop dog fouling by reporting it, you can:

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.


Always pick up 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 your dog is caught fouling in a public place and you fail to pick it up, you could be fined £80. 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.

Remember, it is an offence to be in control of any more than four dogs, at any one time, while out in public. If you're caught in control of more than four dogs at a time can be fined £80, or prosecuted if the fine is not paid.


  • Carry a plastic bag or 'poop scoop' with you
  • Teach your dog to go to the toilet in your garden before you leave home
  • Never let your dog onto the street to foul
  • Respect dog-free areas.

Dog control fines issued in the last twelve months

Dog control fines are issued in accordance with The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Belfast City Council) Act 2012.

  • Download The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Belfast City Council) Act 2012 (DOC - 23KB)
  • Month Fouling
    No licence
    April 2019 5 20 37
    May 2019  25  32 
    June 2019 27  36 
    July 2019  21  24 
    August 2019  12  28  31 
    September 2019  14 21  21 
    October 2019  5 14  30 
    November 2019  17  26 
    December 2019  14  30 
    January 2020  15  24 30 
    February 2020 18 30 21
    March 2020 
    Total 107 248 323

    Contact us
    Dog control
    028 9027 0230
    Dog Wardens
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    Cecil Ward Building
    4-10 Linenhall Street
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