Apply for a commercial dog walking permit

Are you a commercial dog walker utilizing state parks in Massachusetts? You need a DCR commercial dog walking permit.

DCR Dog Walking Permits

The Details of Apply for a commercial dog walking permit

What you need for Apply for a commercial dog walking permit

  • Completed Commercial Dog Walking Permit Application

    • You should also make a copy of the application for your records

  • Proof of insurance

    • CERTIFICATE OF LIABILTY INSURANCE IS REQUIRED. The certificate must name the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as an additional insured for the year and location(s) of your use. A final certificate of insurance does not have to be submitted with this application online, but must be received before the permit will be issued.

  • Sample promotional materials -- i.e., posters, flyers

Fees for Apply for a commercial dog walking permit

Calendar Year Annual Fee: $100/permit

 

How to apply Apply for a commercial dog walking permit

  • Application and all supporting documentation are submitted via email to dog.permits@mass.gov
  • Notification of approval via email includes instructions for payment
  • All payments are online via credit card only

Next steps for Apply for a commercial dog walking permit

Complete the application process

  • Complete the Commercial Dog Walking Permit Application
  • Send the application, proof of insurance, and samples of customer registrations and other communications to dog.permits@mass.gov
  • When all documentation is received, DCR will contact you via email with your permit number and the link to the online payment page -- Please allow 2 business days for DCR to complete internal review
  • Once payment is confirmed, your permit(s) will be mailed to the address provided on the application form -- Please allow 7-10 business days to receive your permit(s)
  • If you have any questions, contact dog.permits@mass.gov or 617-626-4980

More info for Apply for a commercial dog walking permit

  • A permit is required for all commercial dog walkers with up to 8 dogs in their care while at a DCR park
    • Maximum number of dogs/walker = 8
  • Walkers must comply with all park regulations
  • Permits:
    • are issued to named individuals, not companies
    • are non-refundable if lost
    • are issued for a calendar year
    • must be on the walker at all times while handling dogs in a DCR park
  • Attaining a Commercial Dog Walking Permit does not entitle the walker to free parking at DCR property
  • Those in violation may receive a citation per infraction

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