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  LEASH LAWS

  Is there a leash law in Culver City?

There is a leash law in Culver City, but it only applies to dogs. No dog is permitted to be loose on private or public premises unless such premises are fenced in such a manner as to adequately confine said dog. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

There are several ordinances that apply:

The "Dog at Large" ordinance states that no dog is permitted to roam free. If the dog leaves the owner's or custodian's enclosed property, the dog must be restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length, in the control of a competent person and wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.335].

A dog can be loose on the owner's property ONLY if within a fenced enclosure. It is illegal to open the door for the dog to go to the "bathroom" and wander about the neighborhood. It is also illegal to open the door of your automobile and have the dog run off-leash and unrestrained in an unfenced yard or driveway to the house [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.330].

The "leash law" applies only to dogs. This ordinance states that when a dog is being walked on any highway, street, lane, alley, sidewalk, median, parkway, court, public place, or public right-of-way, it has to be on a leash or lead at all times. Dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.320].

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  My dog just runs off-leash from my house to my car. Does my dog really have to be on leash?

Yes, your dog must be leashed even on your own property, unless the premises or front yard is fenced [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.330]. A dog can be loose on the owner's property ONLY if within a fenced enclosure. It is illegal to open the door for the dog to go to the "bathroom" and wander about the neighborhood. It is also illegal to open the door of your automobile and have the dog run off-leash and unrestrained in an unfenced yard or driveway to the house. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

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  Can I take my dog to the parks in Culver City, even on leash?

Dogs are not allowed within the limits of any public park within the Culver City [Culver City Municipal Code 9.10.055], except for the following:

  1. Only on leash on designated dog paths which are marked with blue paw prints in the Culver West Alexander Park [Culver City Municipal Code 9.10.600]

  2. Only on leash on designated dog paths which are marked with blue paw prints in the Culver City Park [Culver City Municipal Code 9.10.600]

  3. Off-leash only in "The Boneyard" which is the only enclosed off-leash Culver City dog park [Culver City Municipal Code 9.10.400]

"The Boneyard" is located off Jefferson Boulevard with the cross street of Duquesne Avenue at the far corner of the Culver City Park designated as the Culver City Dog Park (The "Dog Park"). Dogs are allowed within the limits of any public park within the City only if the dog owner has obtained a special permit from the City Council to conduct an entertainment or exhibition in which an animal is a participant [Culver City Municipal Code 9.10.055].

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  I walk my dog off-leash, but I am carrying my leash. Isn't that legal?

No, just carrying your leash does not meet the "Leash Law" requirement. No dog is permitted to be loose on private or public premises unless such premises are fenced in such a manner as to adequately confine said dog. If your dog leaves your enclosed property, your dog must be restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length, in the control of a competent person and wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.335].

A dog can be loose on the owner's property ONLY if within a fenced enclosure. Therefore, it is illegal to walk your dog off-leash, even if you are carrying the leash. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

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  What are the rules on animals running loose?

No dog is permitted to be loose on private or public premises unless such premises are fenced in such a manner as to adequately confine said dog.

There are several ordinances that apply:

The "Dog at Large" ordinance states that no dog is permitted to roam free. If the dog leaves the owner's or custodian's enclosed property, the dog must be restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length, in the control of a competent person and wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.335].

A dog can be loose on the owner's property ONLY if within a fenced enclosure. It is illegal to open the door for the dog to go to the "bathroom" and wander about the neighborhood. It is also illegal to open the door of your automobile and have the dog run off-leash and unrestrained in an unfenced yard or driveway to the house [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.330].

The "leash law" applies only to dogs. This ordinance states that when a dog is being walked on any highway, street, lane, alley, sidewalk, median, parkway, court, public place, or public right-of-way, it has to be on a leash or lead at all times. Dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a Culver City pet license [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.320]. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

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Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.

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