Controlling your dog in public
As a dog owner you are responsible for ensuring your dog does not cause a nuisance or harm other people or dogs while in your care. This includes making sure your dog does not run off, jump up at others, run into traffic or injure other animals.
The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and considerate. However to address complaints about the behaviour of some dog owners and the problem of dog fouling, some areas within Adur and Worthing are covered by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).
In areas covered by PSPOs you may have to:
- keep your dog on a lead
- put your dog on a lead if you are asked by a police officer, police community support officer or someone from the Council
- clean up after your dog (this applies to all public spaces)
- stop your dog from going in certain areas
- limit the number of dogs you have with you (no more than six)
Failure to respect these laws may lead to prosecution, which could mean a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record. Some authorised council officers can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice instead, which is a penalty of £100, with no criminal record. If such a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued and is then ignored, the case would be referred to the magistrate's court.
Places where you must keep your dog on a lead:
- all streets in Adur and Worthing
- Beach House Park (Worthing)
- car parks
- cemeteries and closed churchyards
- Church House Grounds (Worthing)
- Denton Gardens (Worthing)
- Field Place (Worthing)
- Marine Gardens (Worthing)
- Palatine Park (Worthing)
- The Pier (Worthing)
- the Promenade from George V to Windsor Road (Worthing)
- Widewater Lagoon (Adur)
Places where dogs are not allowed:
- enclosed children's play areas
- Highdown Gardens, Heene Terrace and Crematorium (Worthing)
- the beach from Splash Point (end of Warwick Road) to Heene Road from 1st May to 30th September each year (Worthing)
- the beach between the two boat launching ramps in Goring from 1st May to 30th September each year
Taking your dog on the beach
If you take your dog to the beach please keep them under control and clean up after them, using the dog bins provided. Dogs may be attracted to other peoples' food, which may include foods that can harm your dog. Some people using the beach may not feel confident around dogs, so please respect this and prevent your dog from running up to other people.
Dogs are allowed on all beaches in Adur throughout the year.
Between 1st May to 30th September the following areas of the beach are dog free. Both areas are clearly signposted:
- from 'Splash Point' (end of Warwick Road) to Heene Road
- between the two boat launching ramps in Goring
Report a dog control incident
You can report a dog control issue to us using this form:
If you need to report an incident involving a dangerous dog please see:
Further resources regarding PSPOs in Adur and Worthing
- Adur DC Public Space Protection Order - 18th December 2019 - No 1 Dogs (Sealed) (533KB)
- Adur DC PSPO No 1 dogs - Maps - sites A to M (15,483KB)
- Adur DC PSPO No 1 dogs - Maps - sites M to Z (16,153KB)
- Worthing BC Public Space Protection Order - 18th December 2019 - No 4 Dogs (Sealed) (547KB)
- Worthing BC PSPO No 4 dogs - Maps - sites A to H (13,141KB)
- Worthing BC PSPO No 4 dogs - Maps - sites H to Z (13,102KB)
Need assistance with this service?
Get in touch:
Dogs Section ====================== NOTE: to make a dog complaint please use the form on the page (do not use the email link below)
Page last updated: 17 August 2021