(KUTV) — Salt Lake County health officials announced on Wednesday that fourteen local businesses can now welcome dogs to their outdoor eating areas.
The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) expects more businesses to apply for the variance as the summer dining season continues. By the end of last year's patio dining season, 16 businesses had received the variance.
The variance only applies 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," a news release states.
Emotional support animals, companion animals, comfort animals and therapy animals are not considered service animals under federal law.
In order to receive "dog patio" approval, businesses must submit a special processes safety plan (known as a HACCP Plan), pay an application fee of $315 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 sanitized within 5 minutes
- Wait staff and other restaurant food-handlers may not touch any dog
- Dogs must remain on-leash, and 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 application fee covers staff time that is necessary to conduct an on-site inspection of the patio and review of the safety plan.
The variance expires after one year and establishments in good standing can renew it in subsequent years for a $100 fee.
Food service establishments interested in applying for the variance can contact the Salt Lake County Health Department Food Protection Bureau at 385-468-3845.
The following businesses were approved for the variance:
- Brewhouse Pub — 1722 South Fremont Drive
- Campfire Lounge — 837 East 2100 South
- Caputo's 15th & 15th — 1500 South 1500 East
- Fisher Brewing Company — 320 West 800 South
- Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria — 2121 South McClelland Street
- Pig and a Jelly Jar — 401 East 900 South
- Pig and a Jelly Jar — 1968 East Murray Holladay Road
- Prohibition — 151 East 6100 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