You need a special tag to use any DFA in Chicago, including the Dog Beach. This is not limited to just Montrose Dog Beach, and the tag is good at all DFA's.
Pursuant to a regulation issued by the Administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control, all dogs entering a DFA must have a permit and registration tag from a licensed veterinarian. People bring dogs into a Chicago Park District DFA must have both a permit with them and a registration tag for each dog. The registration tag must be on the dog's collar or harness. The permit and registration tag may be used at any officially sanctioned Chicago Park District DFA.
The same reason you clean up after your dog; beacuse it's the rules, it's the right thing to do, and when you get a ticket, you'll have no one to blame but yourself. The tag also show other beach users that you are a responsible owner, and your dog is immunized.
The fine for not having a tag can be from $250 to $500.
The permit and tag fee is a total of $5.00 per dog. This fee pays for the cost of instituting and processing the DFA tag program. This money doesn't go towards any DFA park or project.
Mondog doesn't recieve any of the money collected from tag fees, we have to raise money for improvements ourselves.
Any permit and registration tag will be valid only for a single season no matter when purchased. A single season is defined as the period running from January 1 st of any year through December 31 st of the same year.
The new Permits and tags will be available at participating Chicago veterinary offices at the beginning of each year, and throughout the year. Call ahead to make sure they have the tags.
Permits and tags will only be available at participating Chicagoland veterinary offices.If you are an out-of-state resident you must also contact one of the participating Chicagoland veterinary offices to determine what paperwork is necessary to obtain the permit and tag. Most of these veterinarians will help those whose own vets are not participating. You should call them first to confirm that they will assist you and to determine how much they charge for an office visit. Visitors to the city are not required to have a Chicago Dog License.
Pursuant to regulations under the new Cook County Ordinance, dog owners must show proof of:
- Current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination.
- Examination within the past year for any communicable diseases including an examination of a stool specimen for internal parasites.
- Current vaccination or titer if possible for Distemper, Hepatitis, Para-influenza, Parvovirus, and Bordatella (kennel cough) unless an exemption to this requirement has been granted by the Administrator upon the written recommendation from the Owner's veterinarian.
- $5.00 fee per tag.
No. You can substitute proof of rabies vacination for a Chicago Dog License, but you will still need to go to one of the participating vets to get a tag. If your dog is already vaccinated bring your records with you. Most vets will want to perform an exam because they have to certify your dog is in good health and may not want to sign the form without an exam.
There will not be a sliding scale. There is no visitors pass. Visitors must follow the same procedures for obtaining a permit and tag.
There are no visitor or day passes. Any visitor wishing to bring their pet to a Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area must follow the same procedures for obtaining a permit and tag.
The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control will enforce DFA tag rules and regulations and issue tickets to violators. Violators, along with the Chicago Park District, will face a possible fine of $500. The Chicago Park District does not enforce the tag rule.
If a patron loses their dog tag or permit, they must reapply for a permit and tag for a $5.00 fee with a participating Chicagoland veterinarian.
According to County regulation, "An exemption to this requirement (can be) granted by the Administrator upon the written recommendation from the Owner's veterinarian."
The Administrator of this regulation is Cook County Animal and Rabies Control, so to get an exemption, you must send a letter to CCARC along with a letter from your vet explaining why your dog is not vaccinated. He will review it and decide if you can still use the dog parks. This may take some time, so if you need an exemption, you may want to get started on it. I would suggest that since you are asking for a favor, you keep the commentary to a minimum.
Requests for vaccination exemptions can be sent to:
Cook County Animal and Rabies Control
10220 S. 76th Ave.
Bridgeview, IL 60455