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Dogs in food premises Dogs in food premises

The regulation of animals and pets in food premises was amended in 2013.

A food business may permit a dog that is not an assistance animal to be allowed in an outdoor dining area or may exclude, for any  reason, a dog that is not an assistance animal.

An assistance animal is trained to aid or assist a person with a disability.

Food businesses that permit dogs in outdoor dining areas must still ensure they maintain a high standard of food safety and personal hygiene.

Food businesses that allow dogs in dining areas must consider and manage issues that may arise from the presence of dogs, to ensure that they maintain compliance with the Food Act 2006 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Codeand do not handle food in an unsafe way.

Food businesses must ensure they continue to meet their obligations under other legislation, such as Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Council's local laws.

Issues to manage and consider:

  • ensuring that food service staff refrain from touching dogs, as this creates a risk of cross contamination;
  • if food service staff touch a dog, they should wash their hands with soap and warm water and dry thoroughly, prior to further handling or service of food;
  • the provision of water, storage of dog food and cleaning and storage of bowls for dog food or water;
  • removal and disposal or dog urine/excrement;
  • signage to designate or identify dog areas;
  • barking and behavioural issues;
  • possible trip hazards (eg leashes on pathways);
  • availability of tether points and spaces; and
  • insurance and public liability

Further information

For more details about the requirements, visit the Queensland Department of Health website or contact Council's Environmental Health Team on 1300 79 49 29.