UK Dog Fouling Statistics 2023

In 2023, Household Pets sent a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to 50 councils across the UK to collect information on dog fouling. The collected data includes the number of complaints, Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), and prosecutions each council recorded between the 1st of January 2015 and the 31st of December 2022.

Although the data shows that dog fouling is a prevalent issue in many local authorities nationwide, the three council areas most affected by dog fouling are in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


1) The 50 councils were selected by finding the local authorities with the highest populations in the UK. This decision ensured the collected dog fouling data was comprehensive and covered the entire country.

2) The FOI included the following questions:

    • Number of dog fouling complaints recorded each year between 01-01-2015 and 31-12-2022

    • Number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued for dog fouling each year between 01-01-2015 and 31-12-2022

    • Number of prosecutions (successful or otherwise) for dog fouling each year between 01-01-2015 and 31-12-2022

    • Does the local authority have campaigns in place to reduce and/or prevent dog fouling? If “yes,” what are these campaigns? This can include but is not limited to:

      • How many dog waste bins are available in the local authority area?

      • Does the local authority have free dog waste bag dispensers? If yes, how many? And if the local authority has previously, when were they stopped?

      • Are there any Public Space Protection Orders in place throughout the local authority?

3) By looking at the number of FPNs and prosecutions related to dog fouling in each area, this report can help to determine whether the councils are taking appropriate action to reduce and prevent dog fouling. The councils were also asked to outline any ongoing campaigns to raise awareness on the issue of dog fouling in the local communities that were in place.

This report has been created to address the national issue of dog fouling, highlighting which areas of the country are worst affected and encouraging more action against this environmental problem, which can pose health risks.


The findings have been split up to show the number of dog fouling complaints, FPNs, and prosections from the 1st of January 2015 to the 31st of December 2022.

Number of Dog Fouling Complaints

Barnet Council*No dataNo data 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
Belfast City Council1,8862,5522,4552,1382,0771,6251,5822,071
City Council
Bolton Council15015197104101605094
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole CouncilNo data64462856368458
Bradford City Council538445451442434403350No data
Brent CouncilNo data givenNo data givenNo data givenNo data givenNo data givenNo data given1738
Bristol City Council*181.6 181.6 181.6 181.6 181.6181.6  181.6181.6 
Bromley Council147148928476658286
Buckinghamshire Council**N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/AN/A N/A 
Cardiff Council35043311
Central Bedfordshire Council333286214157233122100173
Cheshire East CouncilNo dataNo data055147
Cheshire West and Chester CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data692684654647647
City of Doncaster Council9441,0211,020674613470419451
City of Edinburgh Council3,6472,9312,6792,9232,2591,4941,5231,642
City of Glasgow Council1,6051,7622,2603,0622,8811,9161,8061,784
Cornwall Council501802784659694770521329
Coventry City Council271611598319432404409335
Croydon CouncilNo dataNo dataNo dataNo data87262919
Dorset Council*155.5 155.5 155.5 155.5 155.5 155.5 155.5 155.5
Dudley Council5089118110102747670
Durham County CouncilNo data242 (records started mid-July)852669530560603587
Ealing Council***N/A N/A N/AN/A  N/A N/A N/A N/A
East Riding of Yorkshire Council609482436571528384389365
Hillingdon Council526575518610475536364232
Kirklees Council335426274133105115120112
Lambeth Council**N/A N/A N/A N/AN/A  N/A N/A N/A
Leeds City Council1,1621,1001,037856803675606672
Leicester City Council30206131776962115167
Lewisham Council14347421211
Liverpool City Council*5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.9
Manchester City Council1,1961,4341,3021,1181,2849951,141948
Newcastle City Council26825019420315011797149
Newham Council2011782471856
Northumberland County Council1,7901,8551,5351,4471,4271,3171,122851
Nottingham City CouncilNo dataNo data38784751,0311,2001,107
Redbridge Council629639686708624705767775
Sandwell CouncilNo data677 (system introduced Feb 2016)1,0351,0691,1631,0881,2251,287
Sheffield City Council584769636429329240193156
Shropshire Council204 (partial year)508521483307323313288
South Gloucestershire CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data198228247184196
Southwark Council**N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stockport Council364282236278220264249224
Tower Hamlets CouncilNo dataNo dataNo dataNo dataNo data113206146
Wakefield Council762856655975635476380576
Wandsworth Council003206175248170139
Wigan Council1,1181,1611,0901,171899825533946
Wiltshire Council23918112985120125209117
Wirral CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data1385325221,002504

* The councils provided a total sum for the specified years, so an average number of dog fouling complaints has been calculated for each year.

** These councils did not provide the requested data for the specified years.

*** This council did not have the data available in a reportable format.

Councils with the Most Dog Fouling Complaints

The council with the most dog fouling complaints between 2015 and 2022 is City of Edinburgh Council, with a total of 19,098 complaints; this consists of 14,707 complaints made to its Street Cleaning service and 4,391 to the Environmental Warden. This was considerably more than the council to receive the lowest number of complaints between 2015 and 2022, Cardiff Council, which only recorded 20 complaints.

Second was City of Glasgow Council, with 17,076 dog fouling complaints. The highest number of complaints was recorded in 2018 at 23,645, and Glasgow received 3,062 complaints that year.

Belfast City Council had 16,386 complaints from 2015 to 2022, making it the third most complained to council in the UK.

Fourth was Northumberland County Council, which received 11,344 complaints regarding dog fouling.

Manchester City Council came fifth, with 9,418 complaints.

However, the dog fouling complaints received by UK councils were the lowest in 2022; there were only 19,056 complaints recorded that year.

Number of Dog Fouling Fixed Penalty Notices

Barnet Council00000000
Belfast City Council1521251177573431815
Birmingham City Council21181354224
Bolton Council1210476229
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council00000000
Bradford City Council129749375
Brent Council00000021
Bristol City Council*1.4 1.4 1.41.4  1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4
Bromley Council47131101
Buckinghamshire CouncilNo data givenNo data givenNo data givenNo data givenNo data given000
Cardiff CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data10013
Central Bedfordshire CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data4706No data
Cheshire East Council412465714610
Cheshire West and Chester CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data00121
City of Doncaster CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data6114221210
City of Edinburgh Council6853131919151
City of Glasgow Council1,8621,5161,05879456811627199
Cornwall Council28212438122913
Coventry City Council017221915151611
Croydon Council40031110
Dorset Council00000000
Dudley Council14269142581915
Durham County CouncilNo data15 (from mid-July)403516171027
Ealing Council03206844
East Riding of Yorkshire Council12242723111
Hillingdon Council00000100
Kirklees Council19624101412
Lambeth Council0000013No data
Leeds City Council283019131713912
Leicester City CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data84118
Lewisham Council00000000
Liverpool City Council*6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Manchester City Council021773768
Newcastle City Council31010000
Newham Council81402102
Northumberland County Council11110076925911198
Nottingham City Council47375300021
Redbridge CouncilNo dataNo dataNo dataNo dataNo data111
Sandwell Council696338112222
Sheffield City Council22609460
Shropshire Council42210000
South Gloucestershire CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data42003
Southwark Council3720No data89No data10
Stockport Council00002133
Tower Hamlets Council322100130
Wakefield Council1524181380311
Wandsworth Council14400013
Wigan Council9839864500
Wiltshire Council00000000
Wirral CouncilNo data8419211210000

* The councils provided a total sum for the specified years, so an average number of dog fouling FPNs has been calculated for each year.

Dog Fouling Fixed Penalty Notices For Top 5 Councils

City of Glasgow Council issued the most Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs); 6,140 FPNs were sent out from 2015 to 2022. Assuming all fines were paid within 28 days at £80, the council could have received up to £491,200 in eight years. 

Belfast City Council sent out the second-highest number of fines at 618 FPNs, then Northumberland County Council was third with 476.

Despite having the highest number of complaints, City of Edinburgh Council only issued 179 FPNs from 2015 to 2022. 

The number of FPNs issued to dog fouling offenders appears to have fallen considerably since 2015. There were 2,668 fines sent out in 2015, but this dropped to only 242 in 2021.

Number of Dog Fouling Prosecutions

Barnet Council00000000
Belfast City Council263219158122
Birmingham City Council76201023
Bolton Council11120001
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council00000000
Bradford City Council02000000
Brent Council00000000
Bristol City Council00000000
Bromley Council00000000
Buckinghamshire CouncilNo data givenNo data givenNo data givenNo data givenNo data given000
Cardiff Council5 prosecutions since 2015       
Central Bedfordshire Council01000000
Cheshire East CouncilLess than 5 prosecutions since 2015       
Cheshire West and Chester CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data00120
City of Doncaster CouncilNo dataNo dataNo dataData was not given00Data was not givenData was not given
City of Edinburgh Council2120470000
City of Glasgow Council*N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cornwall CouncilNo dataNo dataNo dataNo dataNo dataNo dataNo data1
Coventry City Council00300121
Croydon Council00000000
Dorset Council00000000
Dudley CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data10000
Durham County CouncilNo data0131175225
Ealing Council00000000
East Riding of Yorkshire Council03300000
Hillingdon Council00000000
Kirklees Council00000000
Lambeth Council00000000
Leeds City Council33212000
Leicester City CouncilNo dataNo dataNo data00000
Lewisham Council00000000
Liverpool City Council*N/A N/AN/A  N/AN/A N/A N/A N/A
Manchester City Council00002000
Newcastle City Council89634000
Newham Council00000000
Northumberland County Council45222111
Nottingham City Council20000000
Redbridge Council00000000
Sandwell Council00000000
Sheffield City Council01103200
Shropshire Council10000000
South Gloucestershire Council00000000
Southwark Council00000000
Stockport Council00002132
Tower Hamlets Council00000000
Wakefield Council01131002
Wandsworth Council152919275216
Wigan Council112000000
Wiltshire Council00000000
Wirral CouncilNo data03650000

* These councils do not hold this information.

Out of the 50 councils contacted, Belfast City Council had the most prosecutions related to dog fouling offenses; there were 105 prosecutions from 2015 to 2022.

The council with the second-highest number of prosecutions for dog fouling was Wandsworth, which had 95 prosecutions. A total of 63 prosecutions from Durham County Council meant this local authority followed in third.

Prosecuting dog fouling offenders is not as common as FPNs; 2016 was the year with the most prosecutions for dog fouling at 115, while there were only 12 prosecutions in 2020.

Dog Fouling Complaints, Fixed Penalty Notices, and Prosecutions for Top 5 Councils

Anti-Dog Fouling Campaigns

Most councils utilise signs and temporary pavement stencils in “hot spot” areas for dog fouling. However, some councils have developed different methods to reduce dog fouling, such as South Gloucestershire, which carries out dog fouling enforcement to patrol affected areas and respond to reports from the local community. Several councils also have free dog waste bag dispensers, although many local authorities have scrapped this method due to the dispensers being vandalised or too costly to refill.

The London Borough of Redbridge has a unique method of catching dog fouling offenders red-handed. This council launched the “Proud of Pick Up” campaign, which resulted in over 200 board posters and signs displayed in areas where dog fouling is prevalent. At the beginning of 2023, Redbridge Council also introduced the use of specialist cameras. Footage from these cameras is often shared on Redbridge’s Wall of Shame webpage to encourage residents to contact the council if they recognise an offender.

Final Words

Although not all UK councils were included in this FOI request, the data does highlight dog fouling continues to be a nationwide issue.

It is important to remember that not only is dog fouling a health risk, but cleaning up after a pet dog is a crucial aspect of being a responsible owner. It is also essential to keep the environment healthy and thriving.

Requests for Full Data

We are willing to share the raw data with interested parties; however, this is only by request. If you want to receive the raw data, please email [email protected] to enquire, and we will get back to you.