Pet waste that is not picked up and disposed of properly is not only a nuisance; it can lead to environmental issues. In an effort to help keep Fort Lauderdale healthy, clean, and enjoyable for everyone, the City of Fort Lauderdale has launched a uniform Pet Waste Signage Program to educate citizens and remind them to pick up after their pets. The following information provides an overview of the program.
For additional information about the Pet Waste Signage Program, please call 954-828-6656.
For more information about properly disposing of pet waste, please contact the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/customerservice.
What will the Pet Waste Sign look like?
The pet waste sign is a green and white reflective aluminum sign measuring 18 inches high by 12 inches wide and will be attached to metal post that is 72 inches high. The message on the sign reads, “PET WASTE TRANSMITS DISEASE. LEASH AND CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR PET. PLEASE KEEP THIS AREA CLEAN.” It also features a picture of a person walking a dog.
Is this the only sign design available?
Yes. To maintain a uniform look and consistent message, the sign approved for this program is the same one that Fort Lauderdale currently uses in various public locations throughout the city.
What do I have to do to get a pet waste sign in my neighborhood?
Fort Lauderdale residents who would like a pet waste sign in their neighborhood may complete a Pet Waste Signage Request Form and submit it to their Homeowners Association (HOA).
The HOA president must sign the request form and, if the proposed sign location is on a property other than the property of the person submitting the request, the form must also be signed by that property owner.
Once the appropriate signatures are obtained, the form must be mailed by the HOA president, or a designated HOA representative, to the City’s Neighborhood Services Section.
What happens after an HOA submits a request form?
After the request form and proposed sign location is reviewed and approved by the City’s Engineering staff, Neighborhood Services will contact the HOA president about how to proceed with ordering a sign.
What is the process for ordering a sign?
- The HOA must order and pay for the sign and the sign post in full, which is approximately $120, plus any applicable taxes and freight charges.
- The sign must be delivered to an HOA representative.
- Once the sign and sign post are delivered, the HOA representative must contact Neighborhood Services to schedule sign installation.
- The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Facilities Maintenance Division will install the sign in the City’s public right-of-way at no additional cost to the HOA.
Who is responsible for maintaining the sign?
The HOA is responsible for maintaining, repairing, and/or replacing the sign
Do citizens have to pick up after their pets?
Yes. As per City Code of Ordinances, Sec. 6-4(c), it is unlawful for a person to allow or permit a dog or other pet or domesticated animal with that person’s control to deposit animal waste (except for law enforcement animals while on duty) upon any public or private property and to fail to promptly remove the animal’s waste from the property.