Is There a Dog Leash Law in Palm Beach County (Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Lake Worth) Florida?


In Palm Beach County, Florida, when a dog is off the property of it owner, sufficient and lawful means of restraint or confined are as follows:

1. Dog owners must have their dog under restraint or be controlled by a person by means of a chain, leash or other device if the dog is off its owner’s property;

2. Or, the dog is sufficiently near its handler to be under the handler’s direct control and is obedient to that handler’s commands;

3. Or is caged or crated.
–“Owner’s property” is defined as the property which is exclusive to the owner and does not include common areas.

It is unlawful for dog owners to tie, chain, or otherwise tether by electronic/radio device a dog on the owner’s property withing 5 feet of public property, public access, easements, common grounds, or the property of another without the consent of that property owner. If you would like to read more about the Dog Provisions in this area see Code of Ordinances of Palm Beach County, Florida, Chapter 4, Animals.

Palm Beach County, Florida is located in South Florida on the East Coast and includes the following cities: Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Canal Point, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach, Glen Ridge, Golf, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Loxahatchee, Manalapan, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Sandcut, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Tequesta, Wellington, and West Palm Beach.

It is important to properly and humanely restrain or confine your dog in order to protect yourself from liability. Dogs, although domesticated, are still animals with natural animal instincts and the ability to attack people, especially children.

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