The land must be publicly accessible and open to the air but cannot include roads with a speed limit of 40mph or over, or farming land. The normal on-the-spot fine is £50 but this can rise to £1 000 if contested in court.
Different laws govern Northern Ireland and Scotland, where the maximum fine is £500.
Some more doggie doos:
- There are more than six million dogs in the UK
- They produce 900 tonnes of faeces a day
- Dog fouling costs councils £22 million a year to clear up
- Ocular larva migrans is the kind of toxocariasis that can affect the eyes
- There are on average 12 cases each year