Do I Need a Permit for Chicago Dog Parks?

May 27, 2020


Visiting a Chicago dog park can be a great way to socialize your dog, get to know other pet owners, and acquaint yourself to the neighborhood. However, it’s important to follow the guidelines for permits when entering a dog-friendly area at one of the Chicago parks.

Do I need a permit for Chicago dog parks?

Yes, each dog entering a dog-friendly area at a Chicago park requires a permit and tag.

How much is the permit?

Permits are $5 for each animal that will be off-leash and participating in a dog-friendly area at a Chicago park.

Where can I get the permit?

Permits can be purchased through numerous participating veterinarians throughout the Chicagoland area. Check out the Chicago Park District website for a list of participating veterinarian offices.

How long does the permit last?

A season lasts from January 1 to December 31, and a new permit must be purchased with each new season.

What are the guidelines for obtaining a permit?

Dog owners must provide proof of a current dog license or proof of current rabies vaccination, a full examination against communicable diseases for the past year, and a current vaccination report. For full details on vaccination and examination requirements, call the veterinarian prior to the visit for obtaining your permit.

What if I don’t have a permit?

According to the City of Chicago Ordinance on Animal Care and Control, violators to the permit rule can be fined up to $500. The Chicago Park District can also be subject to a fine of up to $500. Signs are posted outside of the dog-friendly areas at the park, and violators can be ticketed via the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control.

Can I purchase a daily permit to enter the dog-friendly areas at the park?

No, there are no daily passes or permits for entering a dog-friendly area at the park. Those who would like to visit the dog-friendly area must follow the same guidelines for obtaining a permit and tag.

Do I have to bring the permit with me for each visit?

Yes, each dog owner must have their permit and tag with them whenever entering the dog-friendly area. Otherwise, owners will be subject to a fine.

What happens if I lose my permit?

A dog owner that has lost their dog tag or permit must reapply, as well as pay an additional $5 fee.

Must I be a Chicago resident in order to obtain the permit?

No, visitors from neighboring suburbs and tourists alike can obtain a permit through a participating Chicagoland veterinarian. However, they must have the documents required to obtain the permit.

Are there any discounts to the permit fee?

No, the same $5 price stands for all Chicago residents, including seniors, students, and military personnel.