Summer’s on its way – and dog owners are being warned they could be fined for walking their pets on the area’s busiest beaches.
People mostly have free rein to let their animals roam along the coast, throughout the winter months.
Some authorities including Redcar and Cleveland Council were understood to have waived the penalties for offenders during the strict coronavirus lockdown, when beaches were quiet.
But with crowds starting to return to Teesside and North Yorkshire beauty spots, dog-walkers straying onto seaside areas that are off-limits could land them with a hefty fine.
A maximum penalty of £1,000 could be payable in some cases.
Each of the councils has outlined which are the areas to avoid and when the restrictions kick in.
Dogs are prohibited on the “the most popular family parts” of Redcar beach from this Saturday, May 1 until September 30.
The area of beach between the Regent Cinema and Graffenberg Street is off-limits to pooches between those dates.
Dog walkers aren’t allowed to walk their pets on the main stretch of beach at Saltburn during the summer months.
This is classed as the area from Hazelgrove to the eastern side of Saltburn Pier.
Restrictions are in place from May 1 until September 30 inclusive.
The areas affected are sign-posted from the lower promenade.
Hartlepool and Seaton Carew
There is strict ban on walking dogs on The Headland (Block Sands and Fish Sands) and Seaton Carew, from the Norton Hotel to the Coach Park.
The council says: “Walking or exercising dogs along these stretches of beach from May  through to September  is strictly prohibited and offenders could be prosecuted.”
Whitby and Sandsend
Scarborough Council is reminding dog owners they could face a fine if they walk on beach areas that are out of bounds from this weekend.
The annual restriction comes into force on Saturday, after it was relaxed last year during the pandemic.
The dog ban will cover the main sections of beach at Whitby West Cliff.
Sandsend is also affected.
It lasts until the end of September.
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Scarborough and Filey
The same rules apply to both Scarborough’s South Bay and North Bay and Filey.
The council says areas where dogs are not permitted will be clearly signposted at all beach access points.
Dog owners are also being reminded they must, by law, clear up their dog’s mess and take away and dispose of the sealed bags.
The law applies to all beaches and public places.
Breaches of dog bans can be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice of £75, but if prosecuted through the courts, the offences carry a maximum £1,000 fine.