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St. Pete PAWS

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St. Pete PAWS puts the City of St. Petersburg’s pet-friendly proclamation into action, making St. Petersburg a place where pets are happy, healthy and welcome. It shines a light on the unconditional love animals give and promotes compassion for all our two-legged and four-legged neighbors.

St. Petersburg is a city where pets are welcome and owners are caring, nurturing guardians working together to provide safe and secure environments.

Mayor's Pet-Friendly Business Program

Businesses are invited to apply for the Mayor's Pet-Friendly Business program to take part in the movement to make St. Pete a place where pets are happy, healthy and welcome.
Businesses that sign up for the program will receive:
  • Recognition in the pet-friendly map
  • Window decal
  • Shareable social media graphic
  • Informational resources for hosting pets and more
Application and eligibility requirements can be found below:

Mayor's Pet-Friendly Business Application

Businesses that serve food are still required to obtain a Dog Dining permit through the Planning and Economic Development Department. More information and application can be found here.


  • Enhance and expand St. Petersburg’s pawprint with projects and education that promote happy, welcome and healthy pets and pet families in our city's businesses, homes and parks.
  • Build a framework of pet-friendly and pet-centric businesses and organizations, creating connections and partnering to maximize their collective skills and passion to make a positive impact on pets and the community.
  • Shine a light on the pet-friendly jewel that St. Petersburg is and promote the tangible benefits pet-friendliness provides to our current residents, newcomers and visitors. 

Responsible Pet Ownership

Pet-friendly communities thrive when pet owners are responsible and respectful. In addition to picking up and disposing of dog waste, follow these rules to ensure safe, welcoming communities. 

Public Locations:

  • Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long in areas open to the public, including City parks.
  • Dogs may be off leash in fenced, designated dog parks.
  • Dogs may be off leash in enclosed or limited areas for an event of limited duration as designated by City Council.
  • Dogs are prohibited from athletic fields and playgrounds.

Private Locations:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at a location other than the dog owner’s, unless given permission by the property owner or occupant.
  • Dogs may be off leash within a fenced area on or off the premises of the owner.

Adapted from City Ordinance Sec. 4-55.

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