Dog Control Public Spaces Protection Order introduced in Kettering

Published: Monday, 9th October 2017

A dog related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is now in place across the Borough of Kettering, following a public consultation by Kettering Borough Council.

The Council believes that the vast majority of dog owners are responsible and law-abiding members of the community. However, each year we receive lots of complaints relating to dog fouling, threatening or out of control dogs and dog related horticultural damage.

To address this, the new PSPO came into force on 30th August 2017 and introduced the following restrictions:
  • Dogs are forbidden from enclosed children’s’ playgrounds (with the exception of guide dogs or assistance dogs).
  • It is also an offence to be in control of any more than six dogs on a lead at one time. 
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in the following Kettering town centre locations: Manor House Gardens, Municipal Gardens, Parish Churchyard (behind the Market Place), The Garden of Rest (behind Corn Market Hall) and Market Place.

Dog owners should also be aware that if they are asked to put their dog on a lead by an authorised officer they should do so immediately, as failure to do so will breach the PSPO. This is to help deal with those dogs that are out of control or may be perceived as being aggressive to other dogs. 

Failing to pick up after your dog remains an offence across the borough.

A fine for breaching the PSPO will be £100, reduced if paid within 10 days. Those fined will have a maximum of 14 days to pay the fine or they could face prosecution in the magistrates’ court and a fine of up to £1,000. 

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: 

“Kettering Borough Council has received over 500 complaints regarding dog fouling in the last three years. It is a significant health issue and we’d like to see a reduction in dog fouling incidents. Requiring dogs to be kept on leads or restricting access to dogs in certain designated areas will ensure dogs are under proper control and reduce the risk of dog fouling, making these areas cleaner and safer.”

Councillor Ian Jelley, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: 

“The dog control Public Spaces Protection Order acts upon resident feedback from our consultation earlier this year.  It is about benefiting the community as a whole to help make it a cleaner, safer and a healthier place to live.” 

New signage is now up and in place across the borough explaining the new restrictions, and further information can be found at