PUP Program

Be a Proud Pet Owner and a Good Neighbor

As the City of Dublin continues to establish and reinforce its standing as a global city of choice, we rely on our residents to help take care of our community. With that in mind, the City encourages all dog owners to participate in the Pick Up Poop, or PUP, campaign.

Many communities use the PUP campaign to encourage courteous and safe pet waste disposal. This helps maintain our beautiful parks, sidewalks and paths. It also helps keep the water systems around us intact. Proper disposal helps everyone to be a good neighbor and to stay in compliance with our city code:

Code Section 96.17, (A),(2) No person being the owner or having charge of any animal on any public or private other than the property of the owner or person having charge of such animal, shall fail to have in his possession a wood, plastic, or metal device or other container for the purpose of picking up and properly disposing of any fecal matter left by his/her animal. Failure of any such person to have in his possession such suitable device is prima-facie evidence of a violation of this section. No person shall fail to remove fecal matter left by his/her animal within a reasonable amount of time by properly placing such refuse into a waste receptacle.


What should I do with my doggy doo?
Pick it up! Use a bag or a poop scooper, and throw your waste in the trash. Not only is it environmentally healthy, but it is the courteous thing to do.

Is it better to bag waste, or leave it on the lawn?
It is better to bag your waste! It will still end up in a landfill, but the overall negative impact is lessened as fewer bacteria are left in the environment.

Isn’t poop good lawn fertilizer?
No, not all poop is good lawn fertilizer. Due to the protein filled doggy diet, dog waste is acidic and leaving it on your lawn will kill the grass and leave dry brown spots! Not all poop is created equal.

Does dog poo really affect stormwater that much?
In 1993, the US EPA reported that 95% of fecal coliform found in urban stormwater was of non-human origin (Alderiso et al., 1996 and Trial et al., 1993). Much of this waste is from dogs, as they are concentrated in urban areas (unlike wildlife, which moves around freely).

Are there other options other than disposing of pet waste in the trash?
You can install in-ground pet waste composters; flush the waste down the toilet; or hire a pet waste pick up service that has new uses for pet waste such as a source for energy.

Information borrowed from https://www.columbus.gov/utilities/water-protection/pup/PUP-Signup-Form/ and Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland, OH with permission.

Did you know?

During rain events, dog poop left on the ground can wash away through the sewer systems and end up in our lakes and rivers, polluting our freshwater supplies. The water that goes through these storm sewer systems is not treated, so what goes into a drain exits into our waterways.

Nutrients in dog poop, like nitrogen and phosphorous, dissolve and can contribute to algal growth once they’re washed into a waterway. As dog poop breaks up, it uses oxygen, depleting the amount of oxygen in the water for use by fish and other aquatic life.

Dog poop also contains bacteria and other organisms like worms that end up in the environment and can spread through water to other animals or humans, causing a negative impact on both environmental and public health.

FACT: There are 277,000 dogs in Franklin County! Each dog creates an average of .75 pounds of waste daily. That’s nearly 104 tons of dog poop a day that can pollute our water when it rains.

Remember, PUPing is our law!

Doggy Doo’s and Don’ts:

  • Doo: Pick up after your dog, and use a bag!
  • Don’t: Leave the bag on the ground. Dispose of it in a waste receptacle.
  • Doo: Take the PUP Pledge
  • Don’t: Forget your bags when you take your dog on a walk! Receive a packet of doggy bags when you sign the PUP Pledge.

Public Records Request Overview

In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.

Why JustFOIA?

JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.

The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.

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Integrity, Respect, Communication, Teamwork, Accountability, Positive Attitude & Dedication to Service.

The City of Dublin operates under a set of seven key core values: integrity, respect, communication, teamwork, accountability, positive attitude and dedication to service. Staff members use these seven values as the basis for daily decision-making, including the decisions that go into the budget process.

  • Integrity. We are open and honest. We honor our commitments to the community and each other. Our actions are consistent with what we say.
  • Respect. We treat our coworkers and members of the community with courtesy and dignity. We embrace diversity and acknowledge the needs, responsibilities and inherent worth of each individual.
  • Communication. We maintain an environment in which employees feel free to share ideas and information. We promote open interaction throughout the organization to ensure knowledge and understanding among all employees and our community.
  • Teamwork. We create a climate in which all employees work together and support the individual talents and contributions of team members. We celebrate successes and see mistakes as opportunities for growth; we will never willingly let a member of our team fail.
  • Accountability. We are responsible to our community and each other for our personal and organizational decisions, actions and performance results. We are committed stewards of our City’s assets and resources.
  • Positive Attitude. We focus our efforts on constructive behavior, attitudes and solutions. We promote an environment that people love going to every day – a place where each individual can find a sense of belonging, inspiration, enjoyment and meaning.
  • Dedication to Service. We pursue innovation and continuous improvement in all we do. We are committed to efficient, effective and responsive service delivery that makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Leadership Philosophy

We are members of an organization that succeeds because of teamwork, dedication, diversity and the innovative spirit of all of   our members. Together, we build a culture of trust, service, mutual respect, inclusion and open communication. We hold ourselves mutually accountable to promote and sustain continuous learning and to develop the learning potential that exists in every member of our team.

City Code

The complete Dublin City Code is available online at American Legal City Ordinance website. Information staff at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library are available to help navigate this website.

Revised Charter of Dublin, Ohio

This Revised Charter, as adopted on March 19, 1996, became effective on July 4, 1996.

Zoning Code

The Zoning Code for Dublin is Chapter 153 of the Dublin Code of Ordinances. The Zoning Code sets land development requirements and establishes different uses within individual districts. Zoning regulations address the physical development of a site, such as building height, lot requirements, setbacks from lot lines, minimum numbers of parking spaces, sign types and sizes, and other related regulations.

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