Off Leash Dog Parks

Locations

Airport Park Dog Park
3201 Airport Ave 

 

  • Separate areas for large and small dogs
  • Open: Mon - Fri,  7:30 am - 8:30 pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays,  8:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Closed for maintenance on Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am 

Herb Katz Dog Park at Joslyn Park
633 Kensington Rd
  • 1.25-acre off leash area, with separate areas for large and small dogs
  • Open: Mon - Fri,  7:30 am - 8:30 pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays,  8:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Closed for maintenance on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Memorial Park Dog Run
1401 Olympic Blvd 
  • Dog run located north of tennis courts on west side of park
  • Open daily, 6 am - 8:30 pm
  • Closed for maintenance on Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Pacific Street Dog Park
At Pacific & Main Street
  • Traditional dog park
  • Open: Mon - Fri,  7:30 am - 8:30 pm; Sat, Sun, Holidays,  8:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Closed for maintenance on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Licensing

All dogs in Santa Monica are required to be licensed. The process is simple. Please call the Animal Shelter during business hours for more information at 310-458-8594.

Note: Airport Park is the only off-leash area open to non-resident dogs.
You will need the following in order to obtain an annual non-resident permit for use of Airport Park dog park:

  • Copy of dog license receipt verifying that your dog is currently licensed.
  • If the receipt does not contain any of the following, or if the information has changed, please also include your full name, current mailing address, current phone numbers, current rabies vaccine record from your vet, full description of dog (name, sex, breed, color, age, size or weight).
  • Payment of $18
Permits in person: Bring all needed paperwork to the Santa Monica Animal Shelter (1640 9th Street). The office is open Monday - Saturday, 8 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, noon - 5 pm. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted.
Permits by mail: Send all paperwork with a check made out to 'City of Santa Monica' to Santa Monica Animal Shelter, 1640 9th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Your permit will be mailed to the address you provide.

FAQs

Can I take my dog on Santa Monica State Beach?

No. Dogs are not allowed on Santa Monica State Beach. The closest beach where dogs are legally allowed is the Dog Zone in Long Beach.

Do I have to clean up after my dog?

Yes. You are required to visibly carry clean up materials and use them to clean up after your dog.

Off Leash Area Rules & Regulations

Ensure a safe and enjoyable off-leash area experience for all users by taking responsibility for your dog's actions (SMMC 4.04.370 & 4.04.380).

Dogs must display a City of Santa Monica dog license tag, or a City of Santa Monica issued non-resident permit tag at Airport Park. (SMMC 4.04.170, Resolutions 10244, 10245)

Your dog must be leashed when traveling to and from off-leash areas, with a leash six feet or less in fixed length. (SMMC 4.04.155)

Dogs over 4 months of age must be licensed and vaccinated for rabies. (SMMC 4.04.300)

You must visibly carry clean up materials and use them to clean up after your dog. (SMMC 4.04.370, 4.04.380, 4.04.385 & Resolution 10244)

Keep vicious dogs out of off-leash areas unless muzzled and on a leash. (SMMC 4.12.090)

Remove your dog if it barks, cries or yelps for more than five minutes in any one hour period. (SMMC 4.12.090)

Comply with specific maximum capacity limits for each off-leash area - Airport and Joslyn Parks, no more than 45 dogs; Memorial Park Run, no more than 10 dogs; and Pacific Street Park, no more than 20 dogs. (Resolution 10244)

Do not bring more than four dogs into an off-leash area at one time. (Resolution 10244)

Do not bring dog or human food into off leash areas. (SMMC 4.04.390)

Dog not bring your dog into an off leash area if it is in heat. (SMMC 4.04.390)

Dogs are not allowed in public school grounds, public buildings, City playgrounds, playing fields or tennis courts. (SMMC 4.04.160)

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