Environment Officers

Dog Service

Dog on a lead

The dog service on the Isle of Wight promotes and monitors responsible dog ownership, they enforce dog fouling where they can issue on-the-spot penalties for failing to clear up after your dog also dog nuisance legislation and deal with stray secured dogs.

Dog Fouling 

Dog fouling is a persistent issue in many communities.  The council works to tackle the problem through promoting responsible dog ownership, coordinating enforcement action, providing support for community groups and education. 

What every dog owner should know:

  • The law covers all public open spaces.
  • You must clean-up after your dog on pavements, roads, footpaths, parks, football pitches, communal land, back greens, stairs, closes and any other land open to the public.
  • You can dispose of your dog’s faeces in your bin at home, in any public litter bin, or in the designated dog bins provided.
  • We recognise that the majority of dog owners act responsibly and clean-up after their dogs – don’t be in the minority.


Dogs on Beaches

Between 1 May and 30 September dogs are not permitted on some beaches. 

View our maps which detail the Dog Exclusion Beaches - 1st May – 30th Sept only (PDF, 4.11MB, 11 pages) 



Microchipping is compulsory for all dog owners in England.  This new law came into effect from April 2016.

All puppies must be microchipped and recorded on a microchip database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Any changes to an owner’s contact details must be updated on their microchip database to ensure compliance with the law. Having a dog microchipped does not mean you will get your dog back free, this is a legal requirement and will allow us to find the owner more quickly and minimise costs. If a dog owner moves, changes contact telephone number, etc. then the dog is no longer considered microchipped under the new law and enforcement can be taken. 

The owner of an unchipped dog will be given 21 days to comply and failure to do so may result in a prosecution.

To check your details visit Chip it, Check it website , enter the dogs microchip number in the search engine.  Once you know what database your dogs details are recorded on then visit the relevant website.

Dogs off Leads

All dogs must be kept on a lead when by the roadside and under proper control in public areas.   

Stray Dogs - Secured

If you secure a stray dog you can report it to the Environment Officer’s Team through our call centre on (01983) 821000 during office hours or (01983) 821105 outside office hours.

The Isle of Wight Council currently provides a collection service for stray secured dogs Monday to Friday from 9am until 4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am until 4pm. 

If dogs are secured outside these hours the duty Environment Officer or Kennel provider will collect the secured dog first thing the following morning. Please keep the dog safe and in a secure area until the duty Environment Officer arrives. 

Please note: that we do not provide a 24 hour collection service for lost dogs.

If your dog goes missing

If your dog goes missing you can report it to the Environment Officer’s Team through our call centre on (01983) 821000 during office hours or (01983) 821105 outside office hours. 

This information will be circulated to all Environment Officers and if the dog is found we will contact you as soon as possible.

If you see a stray roaming dog

If you see a stray roaming dog please report to the Environment Officer’s Team with a description, the last location seen and the direction the dog is travelling. This information will be circulated to the Environment Officers and any owners who have reported their dog missing. Please note that the Environment Officers will not actively search for roaming stray dogs but will search if they are in the area.

Once a dog has been collected or seized under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 section 149, it will be checked for ID such as tags. It is a legal requirement to have a tag affixed to your dogs’ collar, (Control of Dogs Act 1992). The dog will also be scanned for the presence of a microchip. If a chip is detected then the owners can be traced through that, providing that the contact details are correct.

If the owner cannot be contacted or there are no outstanding reports of missing dogs, the dog will be taken to kennels. If no owner can be found, then after the statutory seven day period the dog will be re-homed at the discretion of the Environment Officer. The charges for this service are shown below payable before return of a dog by credit card or cheque.

Current fees and charges

  • Stray secured dog statutory fee £40.00.
  • Collection of stray secured dog (out of hours) £50.00.
  • Kennelling fee per night £45.00. 
    • Second offence handling fee £25.00. 
    • Additional administration fee £15.00. 
    • Fee for a stray secured dog not chipped £25.00.


Dangerous Dogs

A dangerous dog is one that is dangerously out of control to the extent that it has bitten a person, or there is a very real fear that it is likely to do so, which should be reported to the police the Dog Service can not enforce any law regarding these issues. If you see a dog on dog fight this is a civil matter which an individual owner must deal with privately through courts.

Dogs thought to need a muzzle can only be enforced by the police through the courts.

Under The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 four types of dog were banned:

  • Pit Bull Terrier.
  • Dogo Argentino.
  • Fila Brasiliero.
  • Japanese Tosa.


DEFRA have produced a useful leaflet explaining the law in relation to dogs -  visit the DEFRA website.