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A Dog Park Permit is required in order to bring your dog to a City of Madison off-leash dog park, City of Madison Ordinance 23.32. Please be aware that in order to purchase a Dog Park Permit, you will first need a Dog License. You may purchase a Dog License at the City Treasurer's Office. The Dog Park Permit is good for City of Madison off-leash dog parks, in five Dane County Parks (posted areas only), the City of Middleton and City of Sun Prairie pet exercise areas. Please see the Dog Park brochure for details. Fees collected by each agency are used to support their own dog exercise areas.2014 Fees
In parks allowing dogs, all dogs must be restrained on a maximum 6' leash at all times except in the designated off-leash exercise areas. City of Madison Ordinance 8.19.
Dogs must always be under the control of the owner. Do not allow your dog to disturb wildlife or interfere with other park users. Leaving your dog unattended can be dangerous to your dog and other park users. If you cannot control your dog off-leash, keep your dog leashed at all times. City of Madison Ordinance 7.322
Be aware that allowing your dog off-leash poses several hazards to your dog:
For these reasons it is essential to always keep your dog under supervision and voice control.
Dogs are not allowed in any non-designated park, children's play areas, beaches, athletic fields, conservation parks, or in any park building. During the winter dogs are not permitted on groomed cross-country ski trails.
The following Madison General Ordinances pertain to your responsibilities for cleaning up after your dog. Dog feces can pose health risks to people and pets.