Phone: 612-230-6400

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Park Hours

6 am-midnight

Off-Leash Dog Park Permit

You need to buy a permit before you bring your dog(s) to an Off-Leash Dog Park.

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Off-Leash Dog Park Permit

You need to buy a permit before you bring your dog(s) to an Off-Leash Dog Park.

Your permit is valid at all seven dog parks.

Minneapolis residents must get a City of Minneapolis Pet License for each dog before applying for an Off-Leash Permit.

You must vaccinate your dog(s) for rabies before buying an Off-Leash Dog Park Permit.

How to Buy a Dog Park Permit Online

Effective 2018, there will be an interim process in place to purchase annual off-leash permits.

The interim system for purchasing permits will be done through our Active Communities system, the same system used for program registrations, gift card sales, and most other transactions with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Options to Renew or Purchase

  • Online:
    • Visit our Active Communities website
    • Log in to the Active Communities site or create an account (top right of webpage)
    • On the top menu bar, click on Passes
    • On the list of passes, locate Annual Off-Leash Permit and select the option that applies to your request; click Add to Cart
    • Follow prompts to enter the Minneapolis Pet License information (applicable only for Minneapolis residents), and then Proceed to Checkout
      • Form of payment: All major credit cards accepted

Permit Fees

Annual Permit

Minneapolis Residents
$38 first dog
$27 each additional dog

Non-Minneapolis Residents
$66 first dog
$33 each additional dog

Buy/Renew a Permit

You may also call or visit Park Board Headquarters to buy a permit.

Or, complete and submit a permit application [PDF] with payment by mail.

Daily Permit

$5 for each dog

Daily off-leash permits may only be purchased over the phone or in person at this time.

Option 1:
Call: 612-230-6400
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Option 2:
In person at:
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
2117 West River Rd N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Off-Leash Dog Park Rules

Handlers must observe the following rules when inside Off-Leash Dog Parks (OLDPs).

  1. Handlers must individually leash their dogs except when inside a designated OLDP. 
  2. All handlers must possess an Off-Leash Dog Park Permit [PDF] for their dog(s).
  3. Off-leash dog parks are open during regular park hours of 6 am-10 pm.
  4. Dogs declared as dangerous animals under city code or potentially dangerous under state statutes may not use OLDPs.
  5. Dogs in heat may not use OLDPs.
  6. No more than three dogs per handler permitted at one time.
  7. Handlers must have their dog(s) under control at all times and may not let their dog(s) out of sight.
  8. An attending adult must closely supervise all children.
  9. Handlers must leash dog(s) at the first sign of aggression or unruliness.
  10. Handlers must always clean up after their dog(s).
  11. OLDPs are governed by Ordinance PB2-33 and City of Minneapolis Ordinances 64.50. Handlers must observe all other ordinances, rules and regulations.

In the event of an emergency, aggressive dog or criminal activity, dial 911.

All reports about dog bites and attacks will be reviewed to determine whether the aggressive dog will be declared dangerous under state statue or city ordinance. If such a declaration is made, we will immediately revoke the off-leash permit.

Off Leash Dog Park Tips

  • Make sure your dog has a license, an off-leash permit, and all vaccinations.
  • Bring fresh water for your dog(s) to drink; Do not allow your dog to drink any standing water.
  • Extend common courtesy to all other dog park users.
  • Pick up after your dog and bring a spare dog bag to share.
  • Do not let dogs defecate in the Mississippi River.
  • Do not bring food or dog toys into off-leash dog parks as these items may create a conflict.
  • Do not bring glass containers into off-leash dog parks.
  • Please be mindful of the neighboring residents when entering or exiting your car (i.e. car alarms/beeps, slamming doors, etc.).

Canines for Clean Water

More than 100,000 dogs reside in Minneapolis, and tens of thousands of dogs from outside the City accompany their owners to enjoy Minneapolis parks. Dog owner decisions to pick up – or not pick up – after their pet, directly impacts the health (and beauty) of our water bodies.

Impact of Dog Waste in Our Water

Dog waste has been declared a “nonpoint source of pollution” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Believe it or not, this puts dog waste in the same category as oil and toxic chemicals.

Improperly disposed pet waste negatively impacts water quality in lakes, ponds, creeks and the river. Pet waste that decays in lakes depletes oxygen. The lack of oxygen combined with warm temperatures can result in fish kills. Nutrients in pet waste also encourage weed and algae growth further reducing water quality. Algae blooms are stinky and make the water green and ugly which results in fewer recreational users including swimmers, boaters, wind surfers and anglers.

Improperly disposed pet waste can also make water unsafe for swimming. Diseases and parasites that can be transmitted from pet waste to humans include cryptosporidium (causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and dehydration in humans), camplyobacteriosis (causes diarrhea in humans), and toxocariasis (roundworms in humans). While pet waste isn’t the biggest pollutant to our water bodies, it is one of many small sources that add up to a bigger problem. Dog owners can help tackle this bigger problem by picking up after their hound.

This program is made possible by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis.

MaryLynn Pulscher
Phone: 612-313-7784