Regulations for dogs in public establishments

Fortunately, more and more public establishments decide to adopt pet or dog-friendly policies. And that means that we can already enjoy the company of our dogs in public establishments such as bars, restaurants, shops, stores, etc.

Likewise, it is important to know the current regulations on the permanence of dogs in public establishments. In this way, we can understand not only our rights as owners but also the limits and conditions that we need to respect in these common spaces.

Dogs in public establishments: is there a national regulation on this matter?

Unfortunately, in Spain, there is still no national legislation or framework law that speaks about the permanence of dogs in public establishments.

Each autonomous community has its own ordinances in force; These regulations determine the health and hygiene conditions that must be respected in all shops and establishments that provide services to the public.

On the other hand, the obligations and responsibilities of the guardians of the dogs are also foreseen. The abandonment of dog feces on public roads, for example, is considered a crime in the vast majority of autonomous communities and carries fines from 200 to 3000 euros to the owners.

In addition, these ordinances generally promote the creation of public spaces specifically intended for the permanence of pets and their guardians. For example, places specially equipped for recreation and training with pets; This happens especially in the case of dogs.

Regional regulations and limitations on the entry of dogs in public establishments

When we talk about public establishments that are not linked to the State, such as bars, restaurants, or hotels, the issue becomes more complex and needs more regulation.

Although regional regulations can encourage the creation of pet-friendly spaces, they still allow owners to establish conditions that hinder or limit the permanence of dogs in their shops.

Therefore, in practice, the permanence of dogs in these establishments ends up depending, many times, on a particular decision of the owner or responsible for each property. However, it must be remembered that some autonomous communities already have ordinances that try to boost the permanence of dogs in public and private establishments.

The objective seems to be to offer more legal instruments to tutors, to defend their possibility of frequenting certain establishments with their dogs.

At the same time, it is about defining the specific circumstances in which the owners or owners can resort to regional regulations to limit or prevent the entry of animals into their stores.

The example of the Animal Protection Law of Andalusia

As an example, we cite article 14 of the Andalusian animal protection law, which expressly determines that:

“Pets may have limited access to hotels, restaurants, bars, taverns, and other public establishments where drinks and meals are consumed when the owner of the establishment determines the specific conditions of admission, prior administrative authorization by the competent body. In this case, they must show a sign indicating it, visible from outside the establishment ».

In this text, we observe that in the detailed establishments, the permanence of dogs should be allowed. Thus, their owners or owners would need to request an administrative authorization, for which they would have to present their arguments according to current regulations, in case they want to limit the access of tutors with their pets.

Throughout the process, and in the event that authorization is obtained, establishments must display a distinctive stamp at the entrance of their establishment.

However, the same regulations define that the entry of animals is prohibited in establishments for the manufacture, sale, storage, or transport of food. It also provides for the prohibition or limitation of access with pets to sports facilities, public shows, and other similar public establishments.

The permanence of guide dogs or guide dogs in public establishments

A special case within the regional regulations is the permanence of guide dogs in public establishments. The entry and permanence of these types of assistance animals cannot be prevented; This authorization will operate even in the case of shops destined for the elaboration or sale of food, or in public events and sports celebrations.

Before concluding, it is worth mentioning that more and more owners decide to promote the permanence of dogs in their establishments; for this, the possibilities of improving their income and also joining the pet-friendly current that is gaining more and more strength and voice in the international community are considered.

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