Dogs must be leashed in public parks unless they are in a dog run or a designated off-leash area.
You can report an unleashed dog in a City park or report a park where dogs are often unleashed.
Areas for Dogs in Parks
Some areas in City parks allow dogs to be off-leash. Dogs in off-leash areas must have dog licenses and their owners must carry proof of the dog's rabies vaccination.
Dog runs are large, fenced-in areas where dogs can exercise unleashed. You can bring up to three dogs at a time to a dog run.
In addition to dog runs, certain unfenced park areas allow dogs to be off-leash from the time the park opens until 9 AM and from 9 PM until the park closes.
During beach season, only service dogs are allowed on the sand at City public beaches, but leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalks or promenades at Orchard, Coney Island, Brighton, Midland, South, and Manhattan beaches. From May 1st to October 1st, dogs are not allowed to enter any bathing facility, including City beaches.
Learn about rules, regulations, and safety tips for dogs in City parks.