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May 16, 2018

SLCoHD Announces Restaurants Approved to Allow Dogs on Patios

Pam Davenport - Email
385-468-4122

Nicholas Rupp - Email
385-468-4130

(SALT LAKE COUNTY)—The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) has announced which Salt Lake County restaurants and cafés have received the regulation variance that allows them to welcome dogs to their outdoor eating areas.

Currently, 12 food establishments in Salt Lake County [see below] have received the variance for the 2018 season and can legally welcome canine companions to their patios. As the summer dining season continues, health officials expect additional establishments to apply for the variance; by the end of patio dining season last year, 16 establishments had received the variance. 

The variance applies only to dogs, not other animals, and does not affect qualifying ADA service dogs in any way. Federal law requires that service dogs individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability must be allowed in all public areas of a food establishment. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, companion animals, and therapy animals are not considered service animals under the law.

To receive “dog patio” approval, dog-friendly food-service businesses need to submit a special processes safety plan (known as a HACCP Plan), pay an application fee of $315 (which covers the staff time necessary to review the safety plan and conduct an on-site inspection of the patio), and agree to a few simple rules:

  • Establishment must post signs that notify patrons that dogs may be on the premises
  • The patio must have an outdoor entrance so dogs don’t have to go through an interior dining area, and there must be self-closing doors between the patio and interior area
  • The patio must be cleaned with animal-friendly chemicals at the beginning of each shift, or every six hours if the business does not have defined shifts
  • Any dog bathroom “accidents” must be cleaned and the area sanitized within 5 minutes
  • Wait staff and other restaurant food-handlers may not touch any dog
  • Dogs must remain on-leash, and must have collars with current license and rabies tag
  • Dogs may not be on tables or chairs
  • Dogs should be given water in a disposable container, but may not eat food (including dog food or treats)
  • Dogs may not have contact with any dishes or utensils

The variance is good for one year and establishments in good standing may renew it in subsequent years for a $100 fee.

Food service establishments interested in applying for the variance should contact the Salt Lake County Health Department Food Protection Bureau at 385-468-3845.

The establishments are:

  • Brewhouse Pub
    1722 South Fremont Drive
  • Campfire Lounge
    837 East 2100 South
  • Caputo’s 15th & 15th
    1516 South 1500 East
  • Fisher Brewing Company
    320 West 800 South
  • Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria
    2121 South McClelland St
  • Pig and a Jelly Jar
    401 East 900 South
  • Proper Burger Co.
    865 South Main Street
  • Squatters
    147 West Broadway
  • Taqueria 27
    149 East 200 South
  • Taqueria 27
    1615 South Foothill Blvd
  • Taqueria 27
    4670 South Holladay Blvd
  • Taqueria 27
    6154 South State Street


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