St. Louis Park city ordinance requires dogs older than 16 weeks to have a dog license and valid rabies vaccination. If you're a St. Louis Park resident, access to the city's off-leash dog parks is included with the license.
Off-leash dog permit
For non-residents, you can use the dog parks if you purchase an off-leash dog permit. The permit is good from January 1 to December 31 of the current year. To purchase a dog permit as a non-resident, your dog must have a current dog license from the city in which you live, and proof or rabies vaccination. If your city does not issue dog licenses, proof of rabies vaccination is all that is required.
Print the off-leash dog park permit or pick one up at the inspections department, St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
You can fax your permit application and payment to 952.924.2663 or mail it to:
City of St. Louis Park
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Clean up after your dog
Carry bags and paper towels with you, pick up your dog’s mess, secure the bag, then dispose of the bags in the nearest public garbage can or your own garbage can. Don’t dispose of pet waste in another resident’s garbage can or in commercial garbage cans. Please pick up after your dog for your own health as well as that of your family and the community.
Dogs are not allowed to run at large in St. Louis Park, unless they are at an off-leash dog park. Dogs must be controlled by a leash no more than 20 feet long, which is shortened to six feet when another person or animal is within 20 feet.
If you lost a pet, contact the police department’s dispatch line at 952.924.2618 as well as local animal shelters. State law requires all impound facilities to hold stray animals for at least five days to give an owner the opportunity to locate their pet. Be sure to contact all animal impound facilities and shelters in the area where your pet was lost.
Fireworks and pets
The sound of fireworks may trigger the nervous system of dogs and other pets with hearing sensitivity, causing them to become anxious or afraid. Animal Humane Society offers these tips keep your pets safe during summer celebrations.
Dates are listed below when public fireworks shows will take place in St. Louis Park and in adjacent communities. This is not a comprehensive list and is subject to change.
- The City of St. Louis Park hosts a fireworks show each July 4 at Aquila Park; the makeup day in case of rain is July 5.
- July 4 fireworks also take place in Edina and in Minneapolis
- The City of Minnetonka hosts fireworks the fourth Saturday in June as part of its Summer Fest celebration.
- The Hopkins Raspberry Festival hosts fireworks in mid July; dates vary each year.
Wild animals as pets
City ordinance prohibits residents from keeping any animal prohibited by state or federal law, as well as non-domesticated animals such as skunks, bobcats, wolves, venomous snakes, etc. For more information call the St. Louis Park animal control officer at 952.924.2133.