(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) In this 2017 photo, Gonzalo, a long-haired Chihuahua, sits on the patio of Taqueria 27. So far this year, only 12 restaurants in Salt Lake County have received approval from the health department to have pups on the patio.
But so far in 2018, only 14 bars and restaurants in Salt Lake County can legally allow pups on the patio, officials from the health department announced Wednesday.
Health officials expect additional establishments will apply as the summer dining season continues. By the end of summer last year, 16 establishments had received the variance, officials said.
Many restaurant owners may not be aware that under the state health code, pets are banned from common eating areas, but local health departments are allowed to grant exceptions.
To receive approval from the Salt Lake County Health Department, dog-friendly food-service businesses need to submit a special safety plan (known as a HACCP Plan) and pay a $315 application fee. The money covers staff inspection and review costs.
• Clean the patio every six hours or whenever there is a shift change, using animal-friendly products.
Marketing Director Eleanor Lewis said the restaurant applied for the variance because it didn’t want customers to choose between “going out for dinner and a beer or spending time with their dog.”
With a spacious front and back patio, the restaurant, 865 S. Main, has plenty of room for pups, she said. “We’re fortunate at Proper to have a space that lends itself to dogs.”
At Avenues Proper, a sister restaurant that is not the case. “The patio is too narrow” and it would make food service difficult.
The variance applies only to dogs, not other animals, and does not affect qualifying ADA service dogs. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, companion animals and therapy animals are not considered service animals under the law, the county said.
Here are the 14 restaurants in Salt Lake County that have met health department requirements to have dogs on their outdoor patio:
Taqueria 27 (four locations) • 149 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City; 1615 S. Foothill Blvd., Salt Lake City; 4670 S. Holladay Blvd., Holladay; and 6154 S. State St., Murray.