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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.


  • 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.

Why is pickup up dog waste so important?
Besides being unpleasant to encounter, dog waste that isn’t picked up can make its way to local waterways via rainwater. The bacteria found in dog waste poses a threat to public health and water quality.

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.

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