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Dog Control

Dog Control

The Environmental Health Department deals with a range of dog control legislation which is designed to promote responsible dog ownership and to help protect the public, livestock and other animals from attacks by dogs. The main legislation is The Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 (as amended)

We introduced The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council) Order 2015 Dog Control Order under the provisions of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (NI) 2011 and the Dog Control Orders (Prescribed Offences and Penalties etc) Regulations (NI) 2012. The order came into effect on 9th November 2015.


We will investigate complaints about stray dogs; attacks on people, livestock and other animals such as dogs and cats and dog fouling. Where sufficient evidence exists we will take formal enforcement action against an offender, for example, written warning, issue a notice requiring the dog to be controlled in a certain way, fixed penalty notice, caution or prosecution in Court.

Barking Dogs

If you are concerned about your dog barking and causing disturbance, speak with your vet and/or a dog behaviourist.

Stray dogs

Dog owners should ensure that their dogs are kept on their own property to prevent straying and help to reduce the problem of dog fouling. Should you allow your dog to stray then you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80.00, and may also be liable for kennel fees or return to owner fees.

If your dog is not microchipped or licenced then you will have to pay for a licence before it can be returned.

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling is an extremely sensitive issue. The vast majority of complaints received relate to dog fouling. We want to help ensure that we can all enjoy a clean and pleasant environment free from the dog mess left by irresponsible dog owners.

Patrols of areas are carried out on a regular basis by Wardens particularly where fouling is prevalent. Dog foul bins have been provided for dog owners and we use a range of advisory and warning signage. We may also use CCTV to monitor certain problem areas from time to time.

Where we have evidence that someone has failed to clean up after their dog, we will take formal enforcement action against an offender, for example, fixed penalty notice, caution or prosecution in Court.

Where we can re-home a suitable stray, unclaimed or unwanted dog we make every effort to find them a home where they will be cared for. We work with local animal charities to help us with this task. Details of all dogs available for re-homing can be found on our Dog Control Facebook page