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Dog controls

Dog controls are in place in Lyme Regis for the safety and enjoyment of all residents and visitors.

The new Dorset Council (DC) Dog-Related Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced on 1 January 2021 and is in force for three years. The order covers Lyme Regis and details when and where dogs should be kept on leads, where dogs are excluded from and at what times, the removal and disposal of dog faeces, and the penalties for those who do not comply with the order.

Please be aware of changes to the rules that were previously in place, specifically in relation to Front Beach during the winter, defined as 1 October to 30 April. During this period, dogs must be kept on a lead no longer than two metres while on Front Beach. Dogs are not allowed on Front Beach in the summer, defined as 1 May to 30 September. 

Dogs are also excluded from the following areas all-year-round:

  • Anning Road playing field and play park
  • Henry's Way play park
  • Charmouth Road skatepark

Dogs must also be kept on a lead of no more than two metres all-year-round in the following areas:

  • Cart Road
  • Marine Parade
  • Bell Cliff
  • The harbour
  • Slipway and seawalls
  • Entrance to Cobb Road
  • Ozone Terrace
  • Entrance to the public car park and boat park 
  • Harbour wall
  • Cobb Gate car park and esplanade extending from it eastwards up to its junction with Long Entry
  • Gun Cliff Walk
  • Sea wall above Church Beach
  • Steps up to Charmouth Road
  • Lyme Regis Cemetery
  • Charmouth Road allotments
  • Langmoor and Lister Gardens
  • Churchyards
  • All council-owned car parks

View the Dog-Related PSPO