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Park management rules

Management Rules for Parks and Open Spaces

All users of parks or open spaces must:

  • Enter and leave by the duly appointed gateways or other entrances.
  • Leave at closing time or when requested to do so by a Council employee.
  • Conduct themselves in a manner that will not interfere with the safety or enjoyment of others.
  • Obey all authorised instructions displayed by the Council or intimated verbally by its employees.
  • Where applicable pay any relevant permit fee in advance of any activity authorised by the Council.
  • Produce any written permission required by these Rules if requested to do so by a Council employee.
  • Keep any dog brought into a park or open space under proper control or on a short lead and ensure that all dog waste is collected and removed.
  • Comply with the terms of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • Comply with the Air Navigation Order 2016 regulations when operating recreational drones or remote-controlled model aircraft.
  • Give pedestrians the right of way.
  • Cyclists must show due care and consideration to other park users.

All users of parks or open spaces must not (without the prior written consent of the Council):

  • Behave so as to cause a nuisance, disturbance or offence to the other users, with Special attention to the volume of noise.
  • Light fires or set off fireworks within the park or open space.
  • Drive, wheel or cause to be driven any unauthorised vehicle or mechanised machinery into or within the park or open space.
  • Interfere with any wild animal, bird, habitat or plant within the park or open space.
  • Play any sport in the park or open space which is prohibited by way of a notice.
  • Deliver, organise or take part in any speech, public discussion, procession, parade or demonstration except for agreed educational, recreational or commercial activities.
  • Erect any structure of whatever description whether fixed to the ground, freestanding or moveable.
  • Sell or hire any article or animal within the park or open space.
  • Damage or tamper with any tree or plant, (including grass), any animal or any structure whatsoever in any park or open space.
  • Drop litter or dump any material within the park or open space.
  • Intentionally release sky lanterns or balloons within any park or open space.
  • Lead, ride, train or exercise a horse in a manner which falls short of the responsibilities in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Under sections 112-118 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 and along with the terms of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, Fife Council have made the above management rules which will apply to public parks and open spaces under the Council’s control.

Public parks and open spaces shall include

  • parks
  • greenspaces
  • play areas
  • woodlands
  • rivers
  • ponds
  • streams
  • cliffs
  • bridleways
  • cycleways

If the Council has reasonable grounds for believing that a person has broken a rule or is about to break a rule, they may require that person to leave the area or exclude them from entering in future. Any person who fails to leave or having been excluded from the area re-enters or attempts to re-enter, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine.

To report any matters in relation to the operation of the Park or Open Space, contact Fife Council –

Tel: 03451 550 000 / Email:

The Scottish Outdoor Access Code can be viewed online.