Chicago Park District

Dog Friendly Area Permits and Tags

The Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control mandated that the Park District issue permits for all off-leash dogs using Dog Friendly Areas. This regulation will be enforced by Deputies of the Department of Animal and Rabies Control. Any patron using a DFA without a permit is subject to a $500 fine.

The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a DFA must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog.   The veterinarian will issue a permit for any dog when the dog’s owner or other person responsible for the dog shows the following:

1.  The owner or other responsible person produces a current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination. 
2.  The owner must complete a Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit Application for each dog.  The owner shall provide written proof acceptable to the Park District showing that a licensed veterinarian (or other authorized person) has performed a fecal test for parasites and vaccinated any dog entering a DFA for the following diseases:
a. Distemper
b. Hepatitis
c. Para influenza; and
d. Parvovirus
e. Bordetella 
f. Leptospirosis

(Current titers where applicable will also be acceptable)
After issuance of a permit, the dog owner is responsible for keeping immunizations a thru f above current.
3.   The owner must agree to abide by the Chicago Park District Rules and Regulations of a Dog Friendly Area.

Where to Get a Permit In Chicago
Dog Friendly Area Permit Applications are available at participating veterinarian offices.  The Chicago Park District, with the cooperation of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, developed a process for distributing permits for our Dog Friendly Areas (DFAs). Permits are available at the offices of participating veterinarians for a cost of $5 per dog.