Dogs in White Rock

Dogs in White Rock - White Pomeranian dog with pink tongue sitting on sidewalk with black leash.

This page offers helpful links to information about having a dog in White Rock, including licencing, bylaws and where to find an off-leash dog park. We encourage dog owners to follow the rules to make sure we are all good neighbours.

  • Dogs in White Rock must be leashed and licenced
  • Owners walking their dogs must pick up after them and dispose of the feces in garbage cans
  • Dogs should have up-to-date vaccines
  • Dogs are allowed in Memorial Park off Marine Drive year-round
  • Dogs can go off-leash in the off-leash dog park located in Ruth Johnson Park
  • Dogs were allowed on the Promenade from Oct.1, 2019 to March 31, 2020, during the pilot project. Disposal bags were made available on the Promenade.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the White Rock Pier.

Dogs on the Promenade - Oct. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020

The City of White Rock has allowed dogs on White Rock’s waterfront promenade on a trial basis as part of a pilot project from Oct. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

Dogs are not allowed on the White Rock Pier at any time.

City Council finalized the pilot program at a meeting on Sept. 13, 2019. Council received input from the Dogs on the Promenade task force, formed to determine the approach used to assess the level of success of the trial.

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If you have general questions concerning dogs on the promenade email us at

If you have a bylaw concern please contact bylaw at 604-541-2146.

Questions and Answers: Dogs on the Promenade

June 9, 2020

  1. Are dogs allowed on the White Rock Promenade?
    Dogs were allowed on the White Rock Promenade between Oct. 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 as part of a pilot project called Dogs on the Promenade.

  2. When did City Council approve the Dogs on the Promenade pilot project?
    The Dogs on the Promenade pilot project was first approved by City Council in February 2019.

  3. Did the City of White Rock consult with residents?
    The City of White Rock consulted with the community, hosting a public forum and requesting verbal and written submissions.

    Survey results presented to Council showed that nearly 76 per cent of 1,388 respondents were in favour of dogs on the promenade. Of those 1,388 respondents, 63 per cent own a dog.  

    The city received more than 50 written or emailed pieces from residents on the issue.

  4. Where is the promenade?
    The White Rock Promenade is located south of Marine Drive.

  5. Are dogs allowed on the White Rock Pier?
    Dogs are not allowed on the White Rock Pier at any time.

  6. Are dogs allowed on the beach? 
    The Province of B.C. has jurisdiction for the beach, which is part of the Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area.

    The beach is a critical, internationally significant habitat for year-round, migrating and wintering waterfowl populations, along with important fish and marine mammal habitat.

    The Wildlife Act does not allow off-leash dogs on the beach. Dogs are permitted with a leash of less than two metres.

    Violations can be reported 24/7 to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

  7. What is the Dogs on the Promenade Task Force? 
    The Dogs on the Promenade Task Force is group that includes residents and members of City Council, and was formed at the direction of City Council. The task force began meeting in June 2019 to determine how to gauge the success of the Dogs on the Promenade pilot project.

  8. What happens after March 31, 2020? 

    The bylaw indicates that dogs will not be allowed on the Promenade starting April 1, 2020. The Dogs on the Promenade Task Force will measure the success of the pilot project and report to City Council in 2020 with the task force’s findings and input.

    If the pilot is successful, and Council gives its approval, dogs will be allowed on White Rock’s promenade from Oct. 1 to March 31 each year.

  9. Where can my dog go off-leash?
    You can bring your dog to the off-leash area at Ruth Johnson Park.

  10. How do I get a dog licence? 
    Please visit for a link to Dog Licences.

  11. What if I have an aggressive dog? 
    Please visit White Rock’s Animal Control and Licensing Bylaw for more information.

  12. Why are the rail tracks off limits?
    It is illegal to enter a railway except at a legal crossing. Railway tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is illegal, and trespassers are subject to arrest and fines. See Railway Crossing Facts and Tips from Transport Canada.

  13. How can I limit the amount of dog waste going to landfill?
    Dog waste can be flushed down the toilet. First, the waste must be removed from a bag, if it’s in one. Dog waste can also be removed by a dog waste collection company or composted using a dog waste composter.

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