Search site menuicon

Dog walking areas

Certain areas require dogs to be on leads, other ban dogs entirely, and some areas ban dogs at specific times of the year

Dog Control Orders (DCO)

For safety, and to ensure people can enjoy our public spaces, there are many places where dogs must be on a lead or are banned altogether. These are called Dog Control Orders (DCO).

What if you ignore a DCO?

You can be fined:

  • £80 on the spot (a Fixed Penalty Notice)
  • up to £1,000 if it goes to court

Only owners of guide dogs are exempt.

Where you must keep your dog on a lead

General rules

Your dog must be on a lead in:

  • all cemeteries
  • promenades and roads alongside beaches where a seasonal dog ban is in place

Folkestone

  • The Leas
  • Kingsnorth Gardens
  • Cheriton Sports ground
  • Bowling greens and tennis courts at Wear Bay Road

Hawkinge

  • The Street football pitches

Lympne

  • Village hall playing field
  • Trim Trail

New Romney

  • St. Martin's Field
  • New Romney sports field
  • The Flagstaff land

Littlestone

  • The Greens

Certain people can direct you to put your dog on a lead

You must put your dog on a lead if told to by either:

  • a police officer
  • a police community support officer
  • or someone from the council

If you refuse you may be fined.

Where dogs are banned

These places are dog-free at all times:

  • all children's play areas
  • Folkestone Harbour fountain

Seasonal dog restrictions

Certain beaches are dog-free from 1 May to 30 September. Use the button below to find out the stretches of beach where these restrictions apply.

Seasonal dog restrictions