Permit proposal introduced for dog walking in Golden Gate recreation area 

Dog walkers in San Francisco and Marin counties may soon need a permit for handling four or more canines in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

On Friday, the national recreation agency and the Presidio Trust announced plans for an interim permit requirement for commercial dog walkers on their lands.

The proposal, which sets a six-dog limit, comes in response to recent ordinances passed in San Francisco and Tiburon limiting the number of canines allowed per dog walker.

During the 30-day public-notice period ending April 14, people are invited to review the proposal at and provide comments and concerns to the GGNRA.

The annual permit cost would be $75 for the application and $300 per person for a nontransferable badge, which dog walkers would have to display. Applicants would also be required to submit a business license as well as proof of dog-handling training and liability insurance.

Permit holders would continue to be able to walk dogs off leash and under voice command in areas where it is currently allowed under the 1979 pet policy.

The interim permit requirement would stand until a final special regulation on dog walking in the national recreation area is finalized. The Dog Management Plan, which redefines areas where off-leash dog walking will be allowed in the GGNRA, is expected to be finalized in late 2015.

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Jessica Kwong

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Jessica Kwong covers transportation, housing, and ethnic communities, among other topics, for the San Francisco Examiner. She covered City Hall as a fellow for the San Francisco Chronicle, night cops and courts for the San Antonio Express-News, general news for Spanish-language newspapers La Opinión and El Mensajero,... more
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