Dog Control Orders

We are currently seeking your views on:

– The Dogs on Leads (Fermanagh Omagh District Council) Order 2019
– The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Fermanagh Omagh District Council) Order 2019
– The Dogs Exclusion (Fermanagh Omagh District Council) Order 2019

Consultation opens: Monday 16 September 2019
Consultation closes: 5pm, Friday 11 October 2019

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment (NI) Act 2011
The Dog Control Orders (Prescribed offences and penalties, etc) Regulations (NI) 2012 (S.R. 2012 NO. 114)

Consultation
Notice is hereby given that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council intends to make Dog Control Orders pursuant to Part 5 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment (Northern Ireland) Act 2011.

What is the purpose of Dog Control Orders?
The proposed Dog Control Orders will apply to 20% of open space owned by the Council. The proposed Orders introduce certain additional controls over dogs in public places to promote responsible dog ownership and provide safe access to open spaces for all.

The draft proposals with regard to where dog owners can take their dogs are no different to those already in existence. However, the proposed order will give the Council more power to take action on breaches of these regulations.

Offences
The Dogs on Leads (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2019

The Dogs on Leads (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2019 will make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to fail to keep the dog on a lead on any land to which this Order applies.

It is proposed that The Dogs on Leads (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2018 will apply to all land detailed in the Schedule to the Order. That land consists of all Cemeteries, burial grounds, Leisure Centre Grounds, Public Parks, Grounds around Council Buildings in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council administration boundary.

The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2019
The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2019 will make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog to fail to comply with a direction given to them by an authorised officer of the council to put and keep the dog on a lead on land to which this Order applies.

It is proposed that The Dogs on Leads by Direction (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council ) Order 2019 will apply to all land within the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council administration boundary. It applies to all land which is open to the air and to which the public is entitled or permitted to have access (with or without payment).

The Dogs Exclusion (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2019
The Dogs Exclusion (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2019 will make it an offence for any person in charge of a dog at any time to take the dog onto, or permit the dog to enter or to remain on, any land to which the Order applies.

It is proposed that The Dogs Exclusion (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council) Order 2019 will apply to all land detailed in the Schedule to the Order. That land consists of all play areas, MUGAs, playing fields, running tracks, synthetic pitches, Tennis Courts, Bowling Greens within the Fermanagh and Omagh administration boundary.

Fines and Fixed Penalties
A person who without reasonable excuse breaches any Order shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable upon summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1000. A fixed penalty may also be issued for an offence which is set at £75 (maximum). A person shall not have committed an offence if they can prove that the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to the person being on their land.

Nothing in the Order shall apply to a person with a disability (within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) in respect of a dog kept or used by the person wholly or mainly for the purpose of assisting the person to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Inspecting the Orders
The draft Orders including maps of the specific areas to which they apply are available to view at:

– The Townhall, Enniskillen
– The Connect Centre, High Street and The Grange, Mountjoy Road, Omagh
– Available to download from this webpage from the links above

Alternatively:

Telephone: 0300 303 1777
Textphone: 028 8225 6216
Email: dogcontrol@fermanaghomagh.com


An online map of the Dog control zones is available to view here

Responding to this consultation
You can respond to this consultation by:

Drop in information session: Tuesday 1 October 2019, 12 noon-2pm & 4pm-7pm, Omagh Leisure Complex and Wednesday 2 October 2019, 12 noon-2pm & 4pm-7pm, Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen
Letter: Public Consultation, Licensing Department, Connect Centre, High St, Omagh, County Tyrone. BT74 7BA.
Email: dogcontrol@fermanaghomagh.com
Telephone: 0300 303 1777
Textphone: 028 8225 6216
Online questionnaire: Available by clicking here

Alternatively, if you prefer a meeting in which to give your comments face-to-face, we will endeavour to meet your request.