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Pet Dogs in Outdoor Dining Areas


Requirements to allow pet dogs in the outdoor dining or patio area of a food facility:

  • The owner of the food facility elects to allow pet dogs in its outdoor dining area.
  • A separate outdoor entrance is present where pet dogs enter without going through the food establishment to reach the outdoor dining or patio area.
  • Pet dogs shall not be allowed on chairs, seats, benches, tables or other fixtures.
  • No food preparation shall be allowed in the outdoor dining or patio area, including dispensing and/or mixing of drinks and ice.
  • Food and water served and/or provided to pet dogs shall only be in single-use, disposable containers.
  • Employees shall be prohibited from having direct contact with pets while on duty.
  • The outdoor dining or patio area shall be clean and well maintained.
  • In cases where excrement or other bodily fluids (urine, saliva, or vomit) are deposited, an employee shall immediately clean and sanitize the affected areas.
  • The pet dog shall either be on a leash or confined in a pet carrier under the control of its owner.
  • Multi-use or reusable utensils, such as plates, silverware, glasses, and bowls, shall not be stored, displayed, or pre-set in the outdoor dining area.
  • The outdoor dining area shall not be fully enclosed (Note: a fully enclosed dining area shall be considered as part of the interior of the facility).
  • Business operators must still follow local ordinances related to sidewalk, public nuisance, and sanitation issues.