Sewickley Heights Borough Park Dog Rules and Regulations


Dear Dog Walkers,

In order to increase the level of safety for all park users, preserve the ecology of the park and enhance the experience of all park users, we ask that you abide by the following rules and regulations when visiting Sewickley Heights Borough Park.

Thank you,

Park Staff and the Borough of Sewickley Heights Police Department


Remember Trail Etiquette

Dog walkers should yield to bikers and equestrians in a respectful and safe manner.


State Dog Laws are enforced in Sewickley Heights Borough Park

Sewickley Heights Borough Police will be conducting routine patrols of the park. The officers will be checking that all dogs have a current:

Allegheny County dog license

Rabies vaccination tag


DID YOU KNOW…that fines for violating the following Sewickley Heights Borough dog ordinances start at $100 and can be as high as $1000!


Borough Dog Ordinances Include the Following Rules:

  1. No more than two dogs per handler are permitted at any time.
  2. Handlers must pick up after their dogs and dispose of waste properly.
  3. Dogs must be on a leash or under control of the handler at all times.
  4. All dog Owners, Keepers and Custodians must have in their POSSESSION at all times, a leash for each dog under their control.
  5. All dogs must be restrained on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length in all areas of the Park that are: 
  • Within one hundred feet (100’) of any parking lot or parking area serving the Park
  • Within one hundred feet (100’) of any Public Building
  • Posted as a designated “Leash Only” area.


Dogs must be on a leash at all times when on the Fern Hollow Nature Center property. Fern Hollow Nature Center Property is not an off leash facility and requires dogs be leashed at all times while on all areas of the property.




Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Dog Policy

Why is the borough asking park users to leash their dogs when near the parking lot areas?  The parking lots are extremely busy and only getting busier. This is where park users congregate and become distracted. Most incidents occur (bites, dogs defecating, etc...) in the main parking lot.


Are dogs required to be on a leash outside of the main parking lot in Sewickley Heights Borough Park?  No, but according to Pennsylvania State Law, your dog(s) must be under your control at all times.  This means within your sight and under voice command, and, if necessary, leashed.


Where can I find updated information about Sewickley Borough Park Policies?  Notices will be posted on the park bulletin board and on the Borough website.


What should I do if I want to report an incident with a dog in the park?  We encourage park visitors to report any dog incidents to the Sewickley Heights Borough Police at 412-741-5111. An incident may include any negative encounter such as a dog bite, a dog owner breaking park rules, a loose dog that is not clearly accompanied by a guardian, a lost dog etc… In these situations, it is best to try and gather as much information as you can and if possible, get the violators license plate number for the police.