Commercial Dog Walking

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) welcomes commercial dog walkers carrying a Commercial Dog Walking Special Use Permit (CDWSUP) in designated park areas in Marin and San Francisco County.

Permit holders can walk 4 to 6 dogs at one time (no more than 6 dogs can be walked at a time) and are permitted use of any GGNRA lands in Marin and San Francisco County where dog walking is allowed. Click here to see a list of locations open to dog walking in GGNRA.

A detailed list of CDWSUP requirements are below. Click here to download a CDSWUP application. If you have any questions regarding the CDWSUP application or program, please contact the Office of Special Park Uses at 415-561-4300.

Requirements

Certain requirements must be met in order to be issued a permit. Where possible, GGNRA follows 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

  • If you are conducting commercial dog walking in San Francisco County, you are required to have completed either:
a. One of the courses accepted by San Francisco Animal Care and Control

OR

b. Provide proof of three consecutive years as a commercial dog walker in good standing.
  • If you are conducting commercial dog walking in Marin County, you are required to have completed either:

a. The Marin Pet Care Association (MPCA) Trail Manners Class

OR

b. One of the courses accepted in San Francisco.

  • If you have completed one of these programs in the past, you will not need to retake it, but rather must provide documentation of completion as part of your permit application submission.

Insurance & Business License

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.

Fees

The annual cost for a CDWSUP consists of a $75 application fee, and a $300 fee per individual dog walker for a Company Badge.

    • The CDWSUP fees are based on cost recovery for program processing, administration, and monitoring. Upon receipt of a complete application package, new CDWSUPs will be valid until January the following year.

    • The annual permit cost consists 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.


Dog License

Please note that all dogs 4 months and older are required to be licensed in Marin and San Francisco Counties. While this is not part of the CDWSUP application process, Permittees will be responsible for confirming with their clients that all dogs are appropriately licensed before walking them in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


Resources

Last updated: January 29, 2018

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Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

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