New Laws For Pro Dog Walkers Take Effect Today

Commercial dog walkers in San Francisco are now required to carry a permit under an ordinance that took effect today.

The ordinance, approved by the Board of Supervisors last year, imposes new regulation including a requirement that no more than eight dogs be walked at one time.

Dog walkers must obtain a permit with the city at the annual cost of $240.

People walking four or more dogs at a time will be required to carry the permit, which is issued by the city’s Department of Animal Care and Control.

The ordinance, written by Supervisor Scott Wiener, is intended to support and legitimize the dog walking industry while also protecting the city’s parks and other public property.

Violations of the ordinance will result in fines of $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense within a year, and a fine of up to $500 for each subsequent offense, according to the ordinance.

More information about the legislation can be found online at www.helpacc.org/SFDogWalkerLaw.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • For a summary of the law, see http://www.sfdogwalker.com/blog/refinement-of-dog-walking-law.php Also, there are concerns as to what the city will do with the funds raised by the licensing fees – how will they be allocated? Toward anything to do with dog walking?

    • miss415

      I asked that exact question at a recent meeting and was told it would be used to cover costs of administering the the ordinance. Not sure what that means . . .

  • For a summary of the law, see http://www.sfdogwalker.com/blog/refinement-of-dog-walking-law.php Also, there are concerns as to what the city will do with the funds raised by the licensing fees – how will they be allocated? Toward anything to do with dog walking?

    • miss415

      I asked that exact question at a recent meeting and was told it would be used to cover costs of administering the the ordinance. Not sure what that means . . .

  • Doggie Business

    There are also requirements regarding the transport of the animals to and from the parks, which is not addressed in any of these articles. Dogs must be either tied in, or crated and cannot be loose in the back of a pick-up truck or riding loose in front with the driver. There must be a barrier between the driver and the dogs. This is very important for the safe transport of family pets.

  • Doggie Business

    There are also requirements regarding the transport of the animals to and from the parks, which is not addressed in any of these articles. Dogs must be either tied in, or crated and cannot be loose in the back of a pick-up truck or riding loose in front with the driver. There must be a barrier between the driver and the dogs. This is very important for the safe transport of family pets.

  • Philip Hage

    Let’s eliminate any start-up business possibilities: dog walking, nail salons, beauty parlors, selling lemonade, dog grooming. Slap on a permit—-yes, revenues to the city and stifle competition so only larger businesses survive. The article failed to mention the $1 million insurance policy.

    • miss415

      The $1 million insurance policy costs the business owner $350/ year and is well worth every penny. I got my permit yesterday and I work alone. The requirements are minimal & I totally support this ordinance even though parts of it need serious improvement, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. So many dogs in this city will be much safer and so will those without dogs with whom we share the parks & trails.

  • Philip Hage

    Let’s eliminate any start-up business possibilities: dog walking, nail salons, beauty parlors, selling lemonade, dog grooming. Slap on a permit—-yes, revenues to the city and stifle competition so only larger businesses survive. The article failed to mention the $1 million insurance policy.

    • miss415

      The $1 million insurance policy costs the business owner $350/ year and is well worth every penny. I got my permit yesterday and I work alone. The requirements are minimal & I totally support this ordinance even though parts of it need serious improvement, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. So many dogs in this city will be much safer and so will those without dogs with whom we share the parks & trails.