Dog Control Orders on the Beach

Dog Control Orders on the Beach

Dog control orders are in place for Blackpool and Wyre beaches every summer

From the beginning of May until the end of September, dogs are excluded from designated bathing beaches.

Dogs on Blackpool beach between North Pier andthe Solaris

Dogs on Cleveleys beach between Cafe Cove and the Blackpool boundary

Dogs on Marine Beach Fleetwood

The dog control orders were introduced in 2012/13 after consultation with dog owners, as well as beach users.

Fylde Council is currently going through a consultation with the public regarding dog control orders in Lytham and St Annes (Spring 2017).

Any dog owners must pick up after their pet when walking them on the beach. Otherwise the faeces can be swept up and affect the quality of our sea water. The majority of dog owners are responsible and everyone is encouraged to follow their example.

Bagged dog waste can be put in any public bin.

Picking up after your dog is just one of the things that people can do to help improve bathing water quality on the Fylde coast.


The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says dog dirt causes high levels of bacteria and leads to both reduced water quality and a human health risk.

“Pet owners think ahead and carry plastic bags”, a spokesperson for MCS said, but added “We hope they will take the bag off the beach and bin it in one of the many receptacles provided for the job.”

In 2010, British Waterways launched a campaign to stop dog walkers leaving bags of dog dirt hanging from trees and hedgerows near canals which is another common sighting in rural areas, and on the Fylde Coast.

Don’t let our Fylde Coast beaches end up filthy.

Pick up your dog poo wherever it lands. You can put your wrapped dog dirt in any of the bins for ordinary litter – you don’t have to use a red dog bin.

Where you can take your dog on Blackpool, Cleveleys and Fleetwood beaches

Dog poo
Don’t leave dog poo on the beach – bag it and bin it – wherever you are.

bagged dog poo
Leaving bagged dog poo is worse than just leaving it on the beach – it won’t decompose like this and the bag can be a hazard to wildlife and animals.

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