DFA Tag Information

All dogs using Chicago Dog Parks and Beaches are required to have a DFA tag. A DFA (Dog Friendly Area) Tag shows that a dog is healthy and up to date on their vaccinations. When dogs are allowed to socialize it’s important that they have their vaccinations to prevent an outbreak of potentially life threatening diseases like Parvo and Distemper. Having a tag also shows an owner is a responsible person, and understands the Dog Park rules.  Mondog strongly urges all beach users to be good citizens and get their DFA tags.



The owner or other responsible person bringing any dog into a DFA must have a DFA tag issued by a participating Veterinarian for each dog. The Veterinarian will issue a permit for any dog when the dog’s owner or other person responsible for the dog shows the following:

1. The owner or other responsible person produces a current dog license issued by the City of Chicago, or proof that the dog has a current rabies vaccination.

2. The owner must complete a Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area Permit Application for each dog. The owner shall provide written proof acceptable to the Park District showing that a licensed veterinarian (or other authorized person) has performed a fecal test for parasites and vaccinated any dog entering a DFA for the following diseases:

·       Distemper

·       Hepatitis

·       Para influenza; and

·       Parvovirus

·       Bordetella 

·       Leptospirosis

(Current titers where applicable will also be acceptable)
After issuance of a permit, the dog owner is responsible for keeping immunizations thru e above current.

3. The owner must agree to abide by the Chicago Park District Rules and Regulations of a Dog Friendly Area.


Where To Get A Permit In Chicago 

Dog Friendly Area Permit Applications are available at participating veterinarian offices. A list of the participating veterinarians can be found on the Chicago Park District website at  https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/dog-friendly-areas/