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Colorado Regulates Dog-Friendly Patios

National Restaurant Consultants shares some advice on the new mandates regarding animals in al fresco dining areas

By Sarah Ann Noel - August 1, 2019

Colorado, and specifically our larger metropolitan areas like Denver, Boulder, and Colorado Springs, have always been dog-friendly towns. As we explore other parts of the west this summer, our restaurant consultants have noticed the same vibe in places like Eugene and Bend, Oregon; Los Angeles; and Salt Lake City. Everyone wants to have their dog with them, and for the most part, it seems people are okay with that. But how does it work on a regulatory level.

Colorado's legislature has just rolled out some new terms when it comes to dog-friendly patios and pets around restaurants. 

"The state of Colorado Health Department has issued some new guidelines relating to local health department approval process for allowing dog friends to enjoy your outdoor patio," explains National Restaurant Consultants CEO, Richard Weil. The Colorado Restauarant Association has the full report and supporting documents.

But Weil says, "The key thing is outdoor access--never bring animals through your restaurant."

The other guidelines examine the condition of the al fresco dining areas. "There are new cleanliness and maintenance guidelines to keep your doggy-friendly area clean for all your guests and canines," says Weil. 

Access to dog-friendly dining areas is becoming increasingly important to upwardly-mobile guests, so it's a trend you should get on board with--but only by adhering to the regulations. It's not worth getting strapped with fines and bad ratings. National Restaurant Consultants stay at the forefront of many legislative and compliance-related processes at the local, state, and federal levels.

"We look forward to being a key resource for you now and in the future to provide information and guidance," Weil says. Contact a restaurant consultant today

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