top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
Explore
arrow down

The southwestern French town where dog mess could cost owners €750

Bergerac has introduced ‘the heaviest fine in the country’ to ensure its public spaces are ‘clean and welcoming’ 

The town of Bergerac has introduced fines of up to €750 for owners who do not clear up their dogs’ mess Pic: SpeedKingz / Shutterstock

Dog owners in the town of Bergerac (Dordogne) could risk a fine of up to €750 if they do not clear up after their dogs. 

This comes as a result of a new decree issued by the mayor in April, created in the hope of making the town “clean and welcoming”. 

“The mayor [Jonathon Prioleaud] is responsible for ensuring public safety and cleanliness,” the decree states. 

It adds that: “People accompanied by a dog are obliged to immediately clear up the animal’s waste by any appropriate means” in the street, in parks, gardens and other public spaces, and that those who do not will be subject to a “class four penalty.”

This could mean a maximum fine of €750, according to the Code pénal. 

“I think that this is probably the heaviest fine [for this type of infraction] in the country,” Loïc Dombreval, Alpes-Maritimes MP and specialist in animal matters, told AFP.

“Dog mess can be a real curse in certain communes, and dogs and their owners end up being stigmatised.” 

In Bergerac, people with dogs must also carry “at least two pet waste bags during daily walks. A fine of up to €38 will be applied if not.” However, these bags are distributed for free in the town. 

Related articles

French town urges dog owners to clean up pet mess with fake €10 notes

Pet passports: Second-home owners in France left ‘upset’ by stalemate

Is my pet passport still valid despite 90-day limit on stay in France

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now