Dog owners – advice regarding Hunstanton & dogs

Providing dogs are kept under control and are cleaned up after there are no restrictions on dogs in Heacham.

Essentially, your dog is also welcome in Hunstanton if you keep it under control and clean up after it.  However, much of Hunstanton is deemed a dog control area (“clean up” area) at all times and penalties up to £1,000 are enforced.

Dogs on Hunstanton Beach must be cleaned up after Click here for more information about visiting the local area with dogs.

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 dog owners must clean up after their dogs in the following areas:

1. Any 40 mile per hour (or less) highway maintained at public expense.

2. The footways of such highways.

3. Footpaths.

4. Grass verges adjacent to such highways, footways/paths & cycle tracks.


Dog owners are not allowed to take their dogs to:

1. Children’s Playgrounds in Hunstanton Including The Recreation Ground, Sea Lane, Cliff Esplanade Gardens

2. The Beach Effective 1 February 2008 dogs are not permitted on the beach at any time from the power boat ramp, to the northern extremity of the promenade.


Sites where dogs are required to remain on leads at all times:

1. Esplanade Gardens

2. The Top and Lower Greens (either side of Cliff Parade)

3. The Top and Lower Spinneys (Westgate)

4. The Hunstanton Promenade to the Heacham boundary – “The Hump”.  Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 dog owners will also be required to remove dog faeces deposited by their dogs wherever they are in Hunstanton.

Clarification of above guidance:

From 1st April to 31st October dogs are banned from the main bathing beach in Hunstanton from the Powerboat Ramp in the South to the end of the Promenade in the north, or between groyne markers 1 to 19.

(See map showing the extent of the Hunstanton dog ban area.)   Dogs can be walked along the promenade but they must be on a lead at all times. If you wish to take your dog onto the beach, this can be done to the South of the powerboat ramp, or north towards Old Hunstanton.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF NOV 2013 PCSOs in West Norfolk can now hand out £75 fixed penalty tickets to dog owners whose pets foul pavements in King’s Lynn, Downham Market, Hunstanton and West Norfolk ‘hotspots. See press report.