The City Council has adopted 'The fouling of land by dogs (City of Newcastle upon Tyne) Order 2012' made under the clean neighbourhood and Environment Act 2005 and it became effective in August 2012, replacing equivalent control in place since January 1999. The order applies to all land which is open to the air and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).
If someone in control of a dog fails to clear up the mess immediately after the dog has defecated, that person commits an offence. It does not matter if it is in long grass, in the gutter or on the footpath, it all has to be cleared up.
Enforcement action is taken against persons seen to contravene the Order either by prosecution or by means of a fixed penalty notice. The maximum penalty is a fine of £1,000 and the current fixed penalty is £75.