What are the leash laws in Austin?



As you probably know, dogs are not permitted to run freely around the city of Austin without a leash. The Austin leash ordinance requires dogs to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet on all city land. If you don't follow this rule, you can be fined up to $500. 

But what do you do if you don't have a fenced-in back yard and you have a dog that loves to get outside and run and play? Austin's Parks and Recreation Department operates 11 off-leash areas in the city that you can take your dog to. The city does, however, still have rules in these areas to keep everyone safe:

  • Dogs must be within sight and sound control of owners/handlers at all times
  • Dogs in heat are not allowed in off-leash areas
  • Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs as required by Texas state law
  • Owners/handlers must clean up after their dogs and deposit waste into a trash can
  • Aggressive dogs must be removed from public spaces immediately

The website for the Parks and Recreation Department lists these Austin locations as designated off-leash areas:

  • Auditorium Shores
  • Davis White Northeast District Park
  • Turkey Creek Trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Far West
  • Mary Moore Searight Off-Leash Trail
  • Norwood Tract at Town Lake Metropolitan Park
  • Onion Creek District Park
  • Red Bud Isle
  • Shoal Creek Greenbelt
  • Walnut Creek District Park
  • West Austin park
  • Zilker Park, The "Great Lawn"

Theses areas are open for public use every day from 5am to 10pm, unless otherwise posted. 

If you sustained a dog bite in the Austin area, contact attorney Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.