Annual beach dog ban now in force

Thursday, 18 June 2020

After a short period of relaxation because of the coronavirus, the seasonal restrictions for dogs on the borough's main beaches is now back in place.

Owners are being warned that enforcement is being carried out.

The dog ban covers the main sections of beach at Scarborough South Bay and North Bay, Whitby West Cliff and Tate Hill, Filey and Sandsend.   It lasts until the end of September.

The areas where dogs are not permitted will be clearly signposted at all beach access points.

Full details of the specific dog ban areas can be found on our dog walking page.

The restrictions came into force in May but were relaxed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  This was to allow people to exercise during lockdown.

Dog owners are also being reminded they must, by law, clear up their dog's mess and take away and dispose of the sealed bags. The law applies to all beaches and public places.

Cllr Tony Randerson, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:

“We’d always said that the restrictions would come back into force on 15 June.

“It made sense not to enforce the ban while lockdown continued, but since the rules were changed, our beaches are becoming increasingly busy.
 
“We restrict dogs on certain sections to make them safe for people to use and to maintain the quality of bathing water.
 
“Owners can exercise their dogs freely elsewhere just a short distance from their homes.”

Breaches of dog bans can be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice of £75 if prosecuted.