The seasonal ban on pets at Westport's public beaches takes effect on Friday.

"Animals will not be permitted on any beach property, which includes all grass, sand and the parking areas, except Soundview parking lot at Compo Beach, as well as the roads within the beach area," Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said in a statement.

"This regulation will be in effect until Oct. 1."

Parking permits will be required on all vehicles entering town beaches beginning Sunday, May 1, he added.