Isle of Wight Council

Environment Officers

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO)

Dog on Lead

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is legislation that allows a us to address a particular nuisance or problem that may occur in a particular area. The PSPO works by imposing conditions on the use of that area, that apply to everyone. PSPOs are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces safely, away from any anti-social behaviour. 

Our PSPOs include the controls that were previously called Dog Control Orders (DCOs) and Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs). For more information regarding the consumption of alcohol in a public place please visit Licensing Services.

Dogs on Leads (2020)

The order relating to Dogs on leads includes each and every stretch of road, including adjacent pavement and verges. In addition there are several areas identified in the order as places dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Maps of these areas are listed below:

PSPO - Dog Exclusion (2020)

The order relating to Dog Exclusion are in place all year round for fenced play areas and have a set time period for beaches.

Maps of these areas are listed below:

Dogs are allowed on all Island beaches during the winter months. However, to ensure everyone is able to enjoy our coastline, there are restrictions in place (dog exclusion zones) between 1 May and 30 September.

Maps of these areas are listed below:

If you'd like to find a dog friendly beach accessible all year round visit the Dog friendly section of the Visit IOW

For information regarding Horses on Beaches we ask riders to follow the current Beach access guidance.

PSPO - Dog Fouling (2020)

The order relating to Dog Fouling includes all highways and land within our administrative area.  


If any of the conditions of the PSPO are breached, a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 can be issued in accordance with our Enforcement Policy.

Failure to pay may lead to prosecution and being liable, on summary conviction, to a fine (currently £1,000).

Nothing in these PSPO's applies to a person who:

  • is registered as a blind person in a register compiled under Section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948
  • has a disability which affects their mobility, manual dexterity, physical coordination or ability to lift, carry or otherwise move everyday objects in respect of a dog trained by a prescribed charity and upon which they rely for assistance.