Interim Permit Requirement for Commercial Dog Walking in GGNRA and the Presidio

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Date: May 27, 2014
Contact: Alexandra Picavet, 415-786-8021

On May 27, Golden Gate National Recreation (GGNRA) Superintendent Frank Dean, in coordination with the Presidio Trust, signed into effect an interim permit requirement for commercial dog walkers on lands administered by the National Park Service in Marin and San Francisco counties. This NPS decision follows a public notice on the NPS proposal released on March 14, 2014. Comments received since the notice of proposed action was released have helped shape the final requirements, timeline and format of the application process. This interim permit requirement will remain in effect until a final special regulation addressing dog walking and commercial dog walking in GGNRA is completed, in late 2015.

Permit Details

Detailed information on permit requirements and how to apply can be found at .

Permit holders will be able to use any GGNRA and Presidio Trust (Trust) lands where dog walking is allowed.  On GGNRA Marin and San Francisco lands, permit holders will continue to be able to walk dogs off leash and under voice control in areas currently open to voice control per the 1979 Pet Policy.     

The annual permit cost will consist of a $75 application fee, and a $300 fee per individual dog walker, for a non-transferable badge. As an example, the annual cost for a company with one employee conducting commercial dog walking will be $375; for a company employing two dog walkers, the total annual cost will be $675. There will be a separate process and reduced cost for replacement badges. The permit costs are based on cost recovery estimates for the management and administration of the commercial dog walking program. As we are part way through 2014, the $300 badge cost will be prorated to $175. The $75 application cost will remain unchanged.  

Permits issued this year will be valid until January 31, 2015. The open application period for 2015 will be the month of January, and the permit will be valid until January 31, 2016.


Certain requirements must be met in order to be issued a permit. Where possible, we are following the same requirements as the county jurisdictions in which the commercial dog walking will take place. If you will be conducting commercial dog walking in both San Francisco and Marin Counties, you will need to meet the requirements for both counties.

Training Requirements

  • If you are conducting commercial dog walking in San Francisco, you are required to either:
  • If you are conducting commercial dog walking in the county of Marin, you are required to have completed the Marin Pet Care Association (MPCA) Trail Manners Class, OR one of the courses accepted in San Francisco (see   
  • If you have completed one of these programs in the past, you will not need to re-take it, but rather must provide documentation of completion as part of your permit application submission.

Insurance Requirements

A Certificate of Insurance is required, for $1,000,000 per occurrence/ $2,000,000 aggregate, listing "The U.S. Government, National Park Service, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area" as Additional Insured.

A valid business license is also required from the county or counties in which commercial dog walking will take place.


The Compendium Amendment, signed by the General Superintendent, will go into effect June 2, 2014, and applications will begin to be processed at that time. Application forms and instructions are available now here. It will take no longer than 30 days after receipt of completed qualifying applications for GGNRA to issue the permit.

A transition period will allow filing permit application packages, which the NPS understands can take some commercial operators a couple of weeks to complete, and receiving the permit within 30 days after submitting a complete application packet. Applicants who submit complete application packages will be given a "reference number" as proof they have begun the process while waiting to receive the permit and badge. This "reference number" should be carried at all times when walking dogs commercially in GGNRA, after June 2, 2014, until such time as you receive your completed permit.

For Application and Permits:  


For More Information on the Decision:

To see the Compendium Amendment and supporting documents visit

1) Click the "Document List" link on the left side  

2) Select the link "Interim Compendium Amendment for Commercial Dog Walking" 

Information about the Presidio Trust Commercial Dog Walking Interim Rule:

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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