Riverside County Leash Laws
People who own dogs understand that everyone has an interest in keeping them safe, as well as those around them. That’s just one of the reasons that Riverside County leash laws exist, as we all need order and proper expectations when it comes to the dogs we encounter when we are out in public. The problem that many people encounter, however, is that they may not fully understand the specific Riverside County leash laws that apply to their pets.
That’s partly because there are Riverside County leash laws and leash laws that exist within different communities inside the county. Below we’re going to clarify how all of this works. You’ll find the specific statutory language for the Riverside County leash laws along with the communities that follow them.
Immediately below the information about leash laws followed by the majority of communities in Riverside County, you’ll find a list of links to the communities that have enacted their own leash laws. Simply click on your city to be taken to the leash laws that you should understand before you take your dog out in public.
Communities That Follow the Riverside County Leash Laws
- Canyon Lake
- Cathedral City
- Desert Hot Springs
- Indian Wells
- Jurupa Valley
- La Quinta
- Lake Elsinore
- Moreno Valley
- San Jacinto
Riverside County Leash Laws
“At large” means any dog which is off the premises of its owner, custodian or caretaker and which is not under physical restraint by a leash of a size and material appropriate to the size and temperament of the dog and which is held by a person capable of restraining such dog, or is not otherwise physically restrained by some other device or instrumentality, except that such device or instrumentality shall not include voice control, eye control or signal control of the dog by any person, device or instrumentality.
A. It is unlawful for the owner or person in charge of any dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to permit such dog to run at large.
Riverside County Communities With Differing Leash Laws
Banning Leash Laws
A. No owner or possessor of any dog shall cause or permit the dog to run at large in any area of the city pursuant to this section. For the purpose of this section, “running at large” means the presence of a dog at any place except upon the premises of the dog’s owner or possessor. However, a dog shall not be considered to be running at large if it is on a leash.
Corona Leash Laws
A. Except as expressly allowed under this chapter, no owner or keeper of any dog shall cause, permit or allow the dog to wander, stray, run or in any other manner be at large in or upon any public property or unenclosed private property in the city, except upon the premises of and under the immediate care and control of the owner or keeper of the dog.
B. Unless otherwise prohibited by this code, dogs may be permitted upon public property if on a leash not to exceed six feet in length and under the immediate care and control of its owner or keeper who is competent to exercise care, custody and control thereof. The provisions of this section do not apply to the possession, charge, custody or control of an official police dog while such dog is on duty.
C. Notwithstanding the requirements of this section, a dog may be permitted to be off of its leash in the following situations:
(1.) While participating in a dog obedience training program or a dog obedience or conformation show at a city park authorized by the Library and Recreations Services Director. Such dog shall be on a leash or otherwise restrained while not actively participating in such show or program.
(2) Within a dog park area. Nothing herein shall relieve the owner or keeper of the dog from the responsibility of maintaining proper control over such dog, nor shall this subsection be construed as relieving such person from the liability for any damages arising out of his or her use of the dog park area.
Palm Desert Leash Laws
No owner or keeper of a dog shall allow, permit or suffer the dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to be or run at large in or upon any public place or premises, or in or upon any unenclosed private place or premises, or in or upon any enclosed private place or premises other than those of the owner or keeper except with the consent of the person in charge of the private place or premises, unless the dog is securely restrained by a substantial leash not exceeding six feet in length and is in charge and control of a person competent to keep the dog under effective control. (Ord. 874 § 1, 1998)
Palm Springs Leash Laws
No owner or keeper of a dog shall allow, permit or suffer such dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to be or run at large in or upon any public place or premises, or in or upon any unenclosed private place or premises, or in or upon any enclosed private place or premises other than those of said owner or keeper except with the consent of the person in charge of said private place or premises, unless such dog is securely restrained by a substantial leash not exceeding six feet in length and is in charge and control of a person competent to keep such dog under effective control. (Ord. 910 § 2, 1971: prior code § 5530)
Rancho Mirage Leash Laws
Except in an area specifically set aside and designated by the city council as a “dog park,” or “off-leash” area, no person owning or having charge, care, custody, or control of any dog shall cause or allow, either willfully or through failure to exercise due care or control, to be or run at large in or upon any public place or premises, or in or upon any private place or premises other than those of said owner except with the consent of the person in charge of said place or premises, unless such dog is securely restrained by a substantial leash not to exceed six feet in length and is in charge and control.