Lunch Date with your Dog?

Fri, Jun 10, 2011

General Legal Issues

Looking forward to a lunch date with your dog this weekend? Better check your local laws.

Service animals being controlled by their owner are always welcome in restaurant areas where food is not being prepared and in areas generally open to customers. But is your prize poodle welcome? He won’t be welcome inside the restaurant, even just to walk through. But he might be allowed in the outdoor seating. That decision falls under the Dixie Cup Clary Local Control Act.

The Dixie Cup Clary Local Control Act puts each county in control of whether or not dogs are allowed in the outdoor seating of restaurants. Restaurants must purchase permits if they want to allow Fido to dine. Each county decides its own specific requirements for the permit, including cost. There are some general rules that are required by all counties, however. These involve important regulations about food safety, leashes, and where the dog can sit. He’ll have to remain on the floor and leashed at all times.

And sorry, dogs are the only animals allowed at this time. You have to leave your prize Persian cat at home. Contact Christopher Smith for more information.

Here are some websites with more information about local laws and with dog-friendly restaurants in our area:


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