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Information for Dog Owners / Walkers

Information for Dog Owners / Walkers

Do I need a dog licence?

All dogs must be licensed except for:

Dogs under the age of 6 months;

Assistance dogs kept and used by blind and/or deaf persons; and

A dog kept and used in accordance with a specific regulation of the States

How do I get a dog licence?

To obtain a dog licence the owner must apply to the Customer Services Department at the Town Hall, either in person or by filling out the on line application, together with the submission of the appropriate fee. Cheques should be made payable to the Parish of St Helier.

Licences are issued each January or as soon as the dog becomes six months old.

How much does a dog licence cost?

The charge for a dog licence is £5 per annum or part thereof dependent upon the age of the dog.

Late registration of the dog may result in the licence fee rising to a cost of £10.

Responsibilities

Does my dog need a collar?

Every dog whilst on a highway or in any other public place must wear a collar with the name, address and telephone number of the owner inscribed on the collar or on a plate or badge attached to the collar.

What is a highway?

A highway is a public road and includes footpaths which abound either side of the road.

Does my dog need to be on a lead?

Beaches

Under the Policing of Beaches Regulations dogs may be permitted to be exercised free of a lead at any time during the period between 1st October and 30th April the following year.

Between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the period of 1st May and 30th September each year, dogs must be kept on a lead when being exercised on a beach.

Parks

Under the Policing of Parks Regulations dogs may only be taken into the following Parks which are situated in St Helier in accordance with the attached condition; this is currently under review by the parish and may result in some future changes*

  • First Tower Park also known as St Andrew’s Park
  • Harvey Memorial Gardens
  • La Collette Gardens
  • Liberation Square
  • Lower Park
  • Millennium Town Park
  • Parade Gardens
  • Peoples Park
  • South Hill & Mount Bingham Gardens
  • The Weighbridge  
  • Valle des Vaux Gardens
  • Victoria Park
  • Westmount Gardens

Dogs may be taken into all the above spaces whilst the dog is kept on a lead and is confined to the established paths*

  • Glacis Fields

The above area is the only park within the parish which currently allows for dogs to be exercised without the need to be on a lead.

  • Springfield Sports Ground

Currently with the exception of an ‘assistance dog’ no animal, dog or otherwise, may be taken into the above area regardless of whether it is on a lead or not.

Roads

Under the Policing of Roads regulations a dog must always be kept on a lead within the area (commonly referred to as the ring road) enclosed by and including the Esplanade, Peirson Road, Cheapside, Elizabeth Place, Rouge Bouillon, Springfield Road, Janvrin Road, St Marks Road, Pleasant Street, Clarence Road, Don Road, Colomberie, Grenville Street, Green Street, Route du Fort and Weighbridge.

Dog Fouling

By picking up your dog’s mess immediately, you can help reduce the incidence of contamination.

Keep bags in your jacket pocket or beside the dog lead, or keep a poop scoop in a visible place, ready to pick up as you walk out of the door.

Find out where the nearest dog bin is or any public litter bin on your walk. Sometimes you may have to wait until you get home to put the faeces that is bagged in your outdoor bin.

It is an offence under all of the above regulations for the owner or person in charge of a dog to fail to remove any faeces (dog mess) and failure to do so may result in a fine not exceeding £1,000.

Complaints regarding dog fouling can be made by telephone (01534)  811708  ( Office Hours 8am -4pm) or via email:  msd@posh.gov.je

Report a Problem

Dog Noise

Complaints regarding excessive noise caused by dogs should in the first instance be made to the Department of Environmental Health either by telephone (445808) or via email to environmentalhelath@gov.je

*Future Plans

At this time the Parish are exploring the possibility of relaxing access to some parks so that dogs may be walked in areas other than the designated paths as long as they are kept on a lead as well as providing a park or park area which may be designated as a park where dogs may be exercised off the lead.  Any news on this will be published in due course.

Policing of Parks (Jersey) Regulations link:

https://www.jerseylaw.je/laws/...

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