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Dogs in Food Service Establishments

July 18th, 2023 4:26 pm

The City of Naples Code Enforcement Division has noticed an increase in complaints about dogs in restaurants. We were asked to share some information to increase awareness of the Naples City Ordinance & Florida Statute pertaining to dogs in food service establishments.

Naples City Ordinance 56-130 regulates dogs in food service establishments. Obviously, this does not apply to qualified service animals.

Pursuant to Florida Statute 509.233 dogs may be permitted within certain designated outdoor portions of public food service establishments.

• Dogs may not be permitted to enter any indoor area of the food establishment.

• A sign or signs shall be posted providing notice that the designated outdoor area is available for the use of patrons and patrons' dogs.

• Dogs shall not be allowed on chairs or tables.

• Employees shall be prohibited from touching, petting, or otherwise handling dogs while serving food or beverages.

• Waterless hand sanitizer shall be provided at all tables in the designated outdoor area.

• Employees and patrons shall not allow dogs to come into contact with serving dishes, utensils, tableware, or any other items involved in food service operations.

• Patrons shall keep their dogs on a leash at all times and shall keep their dogs under reasonable control.

A quick reference guide is depicted in the attached image to illustrate the different types of assistance animals and what is allowed with each.

For more information regarding service animals & emotional support animals, please see: https://www.ada.gov/resources/service-animals-faqs/