Dogs on Patios

Close up of a Dogs FaceAs 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:

  • The customer and dog access the area directly from the exterior of the establishment
  • The customer does not allow the dog on a seat, table, counter-top, or similar surface
  • The customer keeps the dog on a leash and controls the dog
  • The dog does not enter the interior of the establishment
  • The establishment posts a sign in a conspicuous location of the area stating dogs are permitted
  • 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.