Dog Owners

Dog Registration

Registering your dog can be done at any City Clerk office location or online here.

By Municipal Code, all dogs four months and older must be registered with the City of Chicago.


Reminder to Dog Owners

Rats eat dog waste. Please clean up after your dog or you are helping to feed rats and could be ticketed and fined from $50 to $500.


Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Areas

Dog friendly areas are designated sections within Chicago parks or beaches, where dogs are allowed to run and play off -leash, the only areas in the city where this is allowed.  Until the creation of these areas, dogs were only allowed in the city’s parks on a leash. Many of these sites provide features such as doggie drinking fountains, separate areas for shy dogs, dog owner bulletin boards, trash receptacles and extra doggie bags.

The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a dog friendly area must have a permit and tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. Please be responsible when using these areas by following the policies and procedures for Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Areas.

We hope your dog enjoys running, playing and socializing with other dogs in a Chicago Park District dog friendly area.

Remember to be safe, obey the rules, and respect the park and others.

For further information on dog friendly areas: Procedures for Establishing a DFA in your Community