Dog Rules and Regulations

Dogs and Beaches

Good Harbor Beach

Dog Prohibited: April 1st – September 30th

In addition, unleashed dogs shall be allowed on Good Harbor beach from October 1st to March 31st annually, only on even-numbered days. Please note that the previous date of April 30th has been changed in accordance with a recently adopted City ordinance as well as state and federal laws protecting nesting areas for piping plovers.

Wingaersheek Beach

Dog Prohibited: May 1st – September 30th

In addition, unleashed dogs shall be allowed on Wingaersheek Beach from October 1st to April 30th annually, only on odd-numbered days.

Plum Cove Beach and Cressy Beach

Dog Prohibited: May 1st – September 30th

Unleashed dogs shall be allowed on Plum Cove Beach and Cressy Beach in the off season from October 1st to April 30th annually.

Crab Beach

Dog Allowed: All Year

Dogs are allowed on "Crab Beach" off-leash at all times subject to the conditions contained in GCO Sec. 4-16a.

All Other Public Beaches

Dog Prohibited: May 1st – September 30th

Dogs shall be prohibited from public beaches from May 1st to September 30th annually. Dogs shall be allowed on public beaches from October 1st to April 30th annually and shall be under the control of the owner or keeper.

Fines

$300 per violation. Fines for violations will be double in season for beaches and other off-leash areas as determined.

GCO Ch. 4, Sec. 4-16a

A dog owner shall pay a penalty of $10.00 for any dog whose license fee has not been paid by the current licensing renewal year. Any dog not licensed for the previous year will need to pay for a previous year’s license as well as the late fee of $10.00.

GCO Ch. 4, Sec. 4-22(b)

Dogs must always remain under the control of their owner or keeper.

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Dog Regulations

Recent changes to the Gloucester Code of Ordinances regarding dogs are listed below: