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Dog fouling in your neighbour's garden

Dog mess shouldn't cause a problem if it is cleaned up regularly.

But, if your neighbour allows it to build up, it can cause a bad smell and attract flies. This could stop you enjoying your own home and garden, and could cause a statutory nuisance.


Report dog fouling in a neighbour's garden

If a build up of dog mess in a neighbour's garden is causing a problem, please let us know.

We need to know:

  • the address and location of the dog mess (such as back garden, drive, front garden)
  • how long it has been going on
  • what problems it is causing 

We can't investigate anonymous complaints. We need your name and address because we will need to visit your property.

We won't share your name and address with the person responsible. But in exceptional circumstances your details may be quoted if your evidence is used in court.

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What we can do

We will visit you to see the problem for ourselves and find out how it affects you.

We can talk to the person that is responsible and explain what action they need to take. Where we can we will try and sort it out without taking legal action.

Notices and prosecution

If the problem doesn't improve and we find that it is causing a statutory nuisance we can serve a legal notice on the person responsible. If they don't take the action required in the notice we could take further legal action against them.

If they rent their property, they may be breaching their tenancy agreement. 


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We deal with this problem under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.


Last updated on 15 March 2021