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Dog Walkies to Cost in Hammersmith & Fulham

Published: 01/10/2020 By Allan Fuller

Professional dog walkers will have to apply for a licence in Hammersmith & Fulham’s parks.
The new requirement comes into effect from 1 October and will mean that any paid dog walkers working in borough parks and open spaces will have to pay an annual fee. Similar schemes are already in place in neighbouring boroughs.

The new licence means all professional dog walkers working in the borough will be registered and the council says this will improve safety for all park visitors and reducing instances of dog fouling. “We want anyone who visits our parks and green spaces to feel safe and secure,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

“Residents had raised concerns with us about increasing instances of dog fouling and said they’d also noticed greater numbers of professional dog walkers, who are likely to be visiting from neighbouring boroughs to avoid paying for a similar licence.
“Essentially, this licence makes dog walkers accountable – with more and more dog walkers in the park there’s higher risk of conflict between dogs, or dogs and park users. So, this is a key step in keeping our parks safer and cleaner.”

The licence will have two different costs depending on whether the dog walking business is based in or outside the borough and the council say it is similar to what is charged in neighbouring boroughs and the Royal Parks. The licence applies to dog walkers, for up to four dogs per walks. The cost for a professional dog walker, registered as a business in Hammersmith & Fulham is £175 +VAT. Non-borough businesses will pay £300 +VAT. Money from the licensing scheme will be put towards park maintenance and improvements.

The licence and permit will run from 6 April to 5 April inclusive. Fees are calculated from the licensee’s required starting date, on a monthly pro-rata basis. A replacement licence costs £50. The licence will be required to operate in the following parks and green spaces:

Bayonne Road open space
 Bentworth Road open space
 Berestede open space
 Bishops Park
 Brook Green
 Cathnor Park
 Dalling Road open space
 Edith Road open space
 Eelbrook Common
 Furnivall Gardens
 Godolphin Road open space
 Great West Road
 Gwendwr Gardens
 Gwendwr Gardens open space
 Hammersmith Park
 Hurlingham Park
 Lillie Road rec
 Little Brook Green
 Marcus Garvey Park
 Norland North open space
 Normand Park
 North Pole open space
 North Verbena Gardens
 Oil Mill Lane
 Purcell Crescent open space
 Ravenscourt Park
 Richmond Way open space
 South Park
 Starch Green open space
 St Paul’s Gardens
 St Paul's open space
 St Peter's Square
 Upper Mall
 Wendell Park
 Westcroft Square open space
 William Parnell
 Wormwood Scrubs
 Wormholt Park.

To apply for licence, email: parks@lbhf.gov.uk