Dogs on beaches – seasonal restrictions in Torbay


The annual seasonal restrictions on Torbay beaches comes into effect this weekend (Saturday 1 May 2021) with a reminder for dog owners to ensure they are adhering to the rules in respect of dogs on beaches.

The restrictions apply from 1 May to 30 September, and it is advised that dog owners are fully aware of the rules before heading out with their dog to the local beach.

With a UK staycation on the cards for many people this year, the English Riviera is preparing for a busy summer season with an influx of people set to visit the area over the coming months. During this time, it is important that dog owners adhere to the seasonal restrictions and ensure their dog is kept fully under control and on a lead along the promenades adjacent to those restricted beaches.

Restricting dogs on Torbay’s main beaches during the summer months enables residents and visitors to bathe safely and is a requirement for those beaches with Blue Flag status, as well as enabling Torbay to maintain its ‘excellent water quality’ rating, issued by the Environment Agency.

Kevin Mowat, Director of Place for Torbay Council, said; “With many more people choosing dogs as pets over the last year, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind dog owners about our seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches. There are still plenty of beaches and open spaces that dog owners can enjoy over the summer months.’

Beaches where dogs are permitted all year round in Torbay include; Anstey’s Cove; Babbacombe Beach, Livermead Sands, Goodrington Sands North, Fairy Cove, Shoalstone Beach, Fishcombe Cove and Saltern Cove. Read the full list of beaches with and without restrictions on the Council’s website

Torbay Council would also like to remind dog owners that ‘your dog is your responsibility’ at all times and includes picking up after the dog and keeping dogs on leads when walking along a road or on a pavement. This helps prevent accidents, or a dog running away and becoming lost.

Dog owners who fail to pick up after their dog and are seen by officers could receive a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice. Dog fouling issues can be reported on the Council website or by calling 01803 208025.

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