Code of the District of Columbia

§ 8–1810.02. Dog parks.

(a) The Mayor is authorized to establish dog parks on District-owned parkland in which a dog under the verbal command of a responsible adult may exercise off-leash.

(b) A dog park shall be completely enclosed by a fence and gate, both no less than 5 feet in height.

(c) The Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2, shall issue rules to implement the provisions of this section. The rules shall:

(1) Establish procedures for selecting a site for establishment of a dog park, which shall include notice to the public and an opportunity for public comment; and

(2) Establish procedures for the operation, maintenance, and use of a dog park, which shall include a process for enforcement of the rules and for monitoring and addressing health and environmental safety concerns.


(Oct. 18, 1979, D.C. Law 3-30, § 9a; as added Dec. 10, 2005, D.C. Law 16-40, § 2(c), 52 DCR 9087; redesignated as § 11b, Dec. 20, 2017, D.C. Law 22-37, § 2(j), 64 DCR 11682 .)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 8-1808.01

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) redesignation of this section, see § 2(j) of Standard of Care for Animals Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-165, Oct. 23, 2017, 64 DCR 10792).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(i) of Standard of Care for Animals Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-137, July 31, 2017, 64 DCR 7787).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority pursuant to D.C. Law 3-30, the Animal Control Act of 1979, as amended by D.C. Law 16-40, the Dog Park Establishment Act of 2005, see Mayor’s Order 2007-53, February 7, 2007 ( 54 DCR 2428).