Doggie Dining

Know the Rules Before Your Dog Dines

Published Thursday, June 1, 2017
by Lorraine Anderson - City of Venice


In order to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the public, a restaurant is prohibited from having any dog on its premises unless it possesses a valid city permit for Dog Friendly Dining. All permits issued are subject to the following requirements, according to the city code:
* All restaurant employees shall wash their hands promptly after petting or otherwise handling any dog. Employees shall be prohibited petting or otherwise handling any dog while serving food or beverages, or handling tableware or before entering other parts of the restaurant. * Patrons in a designated outdoor area shall be advised that they should wash their hands before eating. Waterless hand sanitizers shall be provided at all tables there. * Employees and patrons shall be instructed that they shall not allow dogs to come into contact with tabletops, serving dishes, utensils, tableware, linens, paper products, or any other items involved in food service operations. * Dogs shall not be allowed to eat any food. * Patrons shall keep their dogs on a leash at all times and keep their pets under reasonable control. * Dogs shall not be allowed on chairs, tables or other furnishings. * All table and chair surfaces shall be cleaned and sanitized with an approved product between seating of patrons. Spilled food and drink shall be removed from the floor or ground between seatings as well. * Accidents involving dog waste shall be cleaned immediately and the area sanitized with an approved product. A kit with the appropriate materials for this purpose shall be kept near the designated outdoor area. * At least one sign reminding employees of Doggie Dining rules shall be posted in a conspicuous location frequented by employees within the restaurant. * At least one sign reminding patrons of the rules shall be posted in a conspicuous location within the designated outdoor area. * At all times while the designated outdoor section of the restaurant is available to patrons and their dogs, at least one sign shall be posted in a conspicuous and public location near the entrance to the designated outdoor area, to place patrons on notice that the section is currently available to patrons accompanied by their dog. * Dogs shall not be permitted to travel through indoor or undesignated outdoor portions of the restaurant, and ingress and egress to the designated out-door area shall not require entrance into or passage through any indoor or undesignated outdoor portion of the eatery. * All restaurants participating in the Dog Friendly Dining program shall provide and maintain a drinking water station for patrons' dogs and dogs in general. Anyone at a restaurant observing these rules being broken – such as dogs on patrons’ laps or eating food at the table, or servers not washing their hands after touching a dog – should contact the city Code Enforcement Department by calling 941-486-2626. If you have the city’s SeeClickFix issue management app downloaded to your smartphone, you can send a complaint to the city immediately that way, including a picture of the out-of-compliance canine if you wish. To download the app, go to your device’s app store and select “Venice Connect.”

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