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Proposed Public Use Limit on Commercial Dog Walking

February 14, 2015

Proposed Public Use Limit on Commercial  Dog Walking in Area B of the Presidio

Summary of Proposed Action
The Presidio Trust (Trust) is proposing a public use limit on commercial dog walkers (i.e., persons walking four or more dogs at one time for consideration) in Area B of the Presidio.

The limit would require any such commercial dog walker to possess a valid commercial dog walking permit obtained from the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Commercial dog walkers would be allowed a maximum of six dogs at any one time.

Commercial dog walkers would be required to comply with the terms and conditions of the GGNRA permit, and visibly display their badges when engaging in commercial dog walking activities within Area B. To obtain a GGNRA permit, applicants would need to submit a business license, proof of liability insurance, and proof of dog-handling training from an existing training course provider (such as the San Francisco SPCA).

The GGNRA commercial dog walking permit requirement is a compendium amendment being proposed for all GGNRA sites in San Francisco and Marin County that allow dog walking, and would be implemented concurrently with the Trust’s proposed rule. Both are interim actions and would remain in effect until the final special regulation for dog walking in GGNRA is promulgated as anticipated in late 2015, at which time the Trust expects that it will adopt a final rule following public input and comment.

View the full text of the proposal in the Federal Register >>

Submit Your Comments
Send comments to commercialdogwalking@presidiotrust.gov or to John Pelka, Presidio Trust, 103 Montgomery Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129.

Comments will be accepted through May 5, 2014. All comments will be considered, and this proposal may be modified accordingly. The final decision of the Trust will be published in the Federal Register.

For Further Information Contact
Presidio Trust Office of External Affairs
(415) 561-5300    commercialdogwalking@presidiotrust.gov

Interim Compendium Amendment – GGNRA

February 13, 2015

Interim Compendium Amendment

Commercial Dog Walking Permit Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), together with the Presidio Trust, intend to establish an interim permit requirement for commercial dog walkers walking four or more dogs at one time, with a limit of 6 dogs, on GGNRA lands in Marin and San Francisco Counties, and in the Presidio of San Francisco.

This proposal is in response to the recent ordinances limiting the number of dogs allowed per commercial dog walker passed by the City of San Francisco, and the Town of Tiburon. This interim permit requirement would remain in effect until a final special regulation addressing dog walking and commercial dogwalking in GGNRA, is finalized, which is expected in late 2015.

Permit holders would be able to use any GGNRA and Trust lands where dog walking is allowed. In GGNRA Marin and San Francisco lands, permit holders would continue to be able to walk dogs off leash and under voice control in areas currently open to voice control per the 1979 Pet Policy. GGNRA would implement a permit system for GGNRA lands. The Presidio Trust would honor GGNRA permits on lands administered by the Trust. The annual permit cost would consist of a $75.00 application fee and a $300 per person fee for a non-transferrable badge. Badges must be visibly displayed when commercial dog walkers are within GGNRA.

To obtain an NPS permit, applicants must submit a business license, proof of liability insurance, and proof of dog-handling training from an existing training course provider (e.g., the Marin Humane Society or the San Francisco SPCA).

The GGNRA permit requirement would be implemented through an amendment to the GGNRA Compendium. The Compendium Amendment is expected to be signed by the General Superintendent following a notification period from March 14 to April 14.

During this 30-day public notice period, questions, comments or concerns can be addressed to the Superintendent by mail to: National Park Service Golden Gate National Recreation Area Attn: Commercial Dog Walking Fort Mason, Building 201 San Francisco, CA 94123