Dogs can be taken onto most beaches in the District provided they are kept under control and dog fouling is cleared up straight away. There are three exceptions where dogs cannot be taken onto the beach, due to their popularity with bathers in the summer months.
Arun District Council has adopted an order which bans dogs from the following stretches of beach between 1 May to 30 September each year:
- Bognor Regis - Park Road to Gloucester Road
- Felpham - Canning Road to Felpham Sailing Club
- Littlehampton - East Pier to Norfolk Road
Dogs must also be kept on leads on promenades adjacent to these,
Please click this link to our leaflet. Dogs on Beaches [pdf] 195KB
Please observe the Order and look out for the above signs showing where dogs are banned or must be kept on a lead. Contravention of the Order is an offence liable to Fixed Penalty Notice for £80 or a fine of £1000 on conviction .
The Dog Owners Code of Practice for Beaches
- Do not allow your dog to foul a beach or adjacent area. If your dog fouls a beach remove the faeces straight away.
- Train your dog to defecate at home before you walk him on a beach.
- Make sure your dog’s vaccination and worming are up to date. Dogs can more easily pick up infections when away from home.
- Check that your chosen caravan site, hotel, guest house, will accept your dog when you book your holiday.
- Some beaches have restrictions on dogs. Read and observe notices. The maps above indicate dog free zones between 1st May - 30th September
- When your dog is off its lead always ensure it is under control. Respect the rights of others - some of whom may not like dogs. When beaches are crowded it is particularly important you keep your dog on a lead.
- Never leave a dog in a car - even with an open window. Dogs can die from heat exhaustion.
- Never allow your dog to roam unsupervised. He could easily get lost, become a stray, and cause accidents.
- Remember small children can be easily frightened by even the friendliest of dogs.
Follow these simple rules and beaches will be places of enjoyment for you, your dog and the general public.