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Dewey is Dog Friendly

One of the very few towns on the eastern seaboard to permit dogs to enjoy the beautiful beach, Dewey has only a few restrictions on dog owners. The times the beach may be used by dogs is limited during the summer season (not permitted on the beach from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m), they must be under control, and of course the owners must clean up after them. Details can be found under "Beach Regulations." The Summer Season is the period beginning May 15 and ending September 15.

Dogs must be licensed in Dewey Beach. Licenses are available to be purchased at Town Hall . Town Hall is open 9-5 Monday thru Friday.  

Dogs must be licensed with the Town (may be obtained at Town Hall). The date of the last rabies and vaccinations must be provided. The following license options are available:

  • Lifetime license good for the life of the dog:  $35
  • 8-day license:  $10
  • Weekend license (Friday 5:30 pm thru Sunday midnight):  $5

Dogs are not allowed on the beach between the hours of  9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. during the Summer Season (May 15-September 15). Owners/handlers must clean up and dispose of the pet’s feces in a sealed container.  Dog bags are available at each street end at the entrance to the beach (blue boxes).