The Marin County Parks regulations governing dogs are intended to protect park resources and park visitors. Your efforts as responsible dog owners are necessary for resource protection and to ensure that other visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience. Be respectful of others, be in control of your dog(s) at all times, and always clean up and pack out. Dogs are not permitted at McNears Beach, Paradise Beach, and Stafford Lake parks, except service animals.
Section 10.06.010 - Dogs and other animals. Other than service animals that assist persons with disabilities, dogs and other domestic animals are not allowed within parks, except in areas designated otherwise. Where permitted, dogs and other domestic animals must be fastened to and restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length except in areas exclusively used for dog parks. Dogs and other domestic animals must be under the direct and immediate control of a responsible person. No person shall do any of the following within parks:
Dogs and other animals, other than service animals that assist persons with disabilities, are not permitted in buildings managed by the department.
Visit Rules and Regulations to view the entire Marin County Parks Code, Title 10.
The Marin County Parks and Open Space Department does not have a formal dog park or, as the Marin Humane Society describes, “a place where dogs can socialize and run off leash in a safe, secure environment.” Please visit the Marin Humane Society for information about dog parks in Marin. Check out DogFriendly.com for a comprehensive guide to dog-friendly locations in Marin and the North Bay.
A mix of local, state, and federal agencies own public land throughout Marin. Each agency has unique and different regulations concerning dogs. The following links are provided to help dog owners locate information and understand which public agency has jurisdiction over the area(s) they want to visit with their dog(s).
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