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Dogs on Patios

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As of September 1, 2019, a new Dogs on the Patio law by the State of Texas has come into effect.  A Food Service Establishment may permit a customer to be accompanied by a dog in an outdoor dining area if the following requirements are met:

  1.  The establishment posts a sign in a conspicuous location of the area stating dogs are permitted
  2. The customer and dog access the area directly from the exterior of the establishment
  3. The dog does not enter the interior of the establishment
  4. The customer keep the dog on a leash and controls the dog
  5. The customer does not allow the dog on a seat, table, counter-top, or similar surface
  6. In the area, the establishment does not
    • Prepare food
    • Permit open foot other than food that is being served to a customer

These requirements do not apply to a service animal.

Read the full ordinance here.