Litter and street cleaning

Dog fouling

It is against the law for anyone who is responsible for a dog to not clean up after the dog has fouled.

They face a fixed penalty fine of £80. The fine increases to £100 if it is not paid within 28 days. The maximum fine is £500 if convicted of an offence.

Please contact us if people are letting their dogs foul in your area.

To help us investigate and target warden patrols, please tell us:

  • where and when fouling is happening
  • the dog owner's name and address, if you know it
  • what the dog looks like, including breed and colour
  • your own contact details

Report dog fouling

Promoting responsible dog ownership

We are keen to promote responsible dog ownership. We do this by:

  • telling dog owners about their responsibilities
  • taking enforcement action against offenders
  • giving talks to primary school children
  • giving out free dog poo bags at council offices, leisure centres and libraries
  • putting dog waste bins at various places throughout Midlothian
  • putting up "No Fouling" signs

Cleaning up after your dog (PDF)