Dog fouling FAQs

  1. Do I have to clean up after my dog?
  2. What happens if I do not clean up after my dog?
  3. Do I have to provide my details when asked?
  4. What if I didn’t see the dog doing it?
  5. Where can I get dog bags?
  6. What can I do about dog fouling near where I live?
  7. Why can dog faeces be dangerous?

Do I have to clean up after my dog?

Yes. Under the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003, any person who does not immediately clean up after their dog can receive a fine of up to £500.


What happens if I do not clean up after my dog?

Our Community Safety Team will ask for your name and address if they see you fail to clean up after your dog. They will send you an £80 fixed penalty which will rise to £100 if not paid within 28 days. Sheriff’s Officers will make arrangements to recover the fine if you do not pay.

Repeat offenders will have their case sent directly to court where they could receive a fine of up to £500 and a criminal record.


Do I have to provide my details when asked?

Yes. It is an offence to fail to provide your details when asked by an authorised officer.


What if I didn’t see the dog doing it?

This is not a valid excuse. As a responsible person in charge of a dog, you should always be aware of its behaviour and actions.


Where can I get dog bags?

We provide bags for dog waste free of charge from a number of locations across the Falkirk Council area.


What can I do about dog fouling near where I live?

You can report dog fouling in your area by calling the Antisocial Behaviour helpline on 0808 100 3161.


Why can dog faeces be dangerous?

Dog fouling is a real problem in parks, on streets and even in some school grounds. It can make a mess of your footwear and clothes and can be dangerous to your health. Dog faeces can contain a roundworm which can cause several illnesses. In the worst cases this can cause eye damage and even blindness. This happens to about 50 people, usually children, in the UK each year.