City Council Clarifies Regulations on Dogs in Public Parks

At their City Council meeting on October 7, the City Council introduced an Ordinance to update current regulations to clarify the chapters in the City's Municipal Code pertaining to the control of dogs in public places. The City has held three public meetings on the issue, presenting recommendations to better articulate current Municipal Code language and existing regulations to the general public.

Over the years, there has been confusion regarding terms used in the Municipal Code, such as "running at large" and "under immediate control." Clarification of the rules and language will be helpful for dog owners while respecting the community's intrinsic affinity for our four-legged friends. Concil concurred with the Staff recommendation to modify the wording of our Municipal Code to more closely align with the Recreation Department's policies and practices, to provide better public understanding of the current dog control laws.

For more information, please see the following:

10/07/19 - City Council Meeting - Staff Report

03/06/19 - Parks &Recreation Commission Meeting - Video

9/19/19 - Marin Independent Journal News Article

09/17/18 - City Council Meeting - Staff Report 

The City Council will conduct a second reading of the Ordinance on October 21, 2019 6:30 pm at Council Chambers - City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Avenue. Comments may be directed to