California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1965

Introduced by Assembly Member Yamada

(Coauthor: Senator Lieu)

February 19, 2014

An act to amend Section 114259.5 of, and to add Section 114259.6 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to outdoor dining facilities.


AB 1965, as introduced, Yamada. Outdoor dining facilities: pet dogs.

The California Retail Food Code provides for the regulation of health and sanitation standards for retail food facilities, as defined, by the State Department of Public Health. Under existing law, local health agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing this code. A violation of these provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor.

The code prohibits live animals from being allowed in a food facility, except under specified conditions if the contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use articles cannot result.

This bill would authorize a food facility to allow a person to bring a pet dog in outdoor dining areas. The bill would authorize a city, county, or city and county to prohibit that conduct by ordinance.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 114259.5 of the Health and Safety Code
2 is amended to read:

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(a) Except as specified in subdivision (b)begin insert and
2Section 114259.6end insert
, live animals may not be allowed in a food

4(b) Live animals may be allowed in any of the following
5situations if the contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils,
6linens, and unwrapped single-use articles cannot result:

7(1) Edible fish or decorative fish in aquariums, shellfish or
8crustacea on ice or under refrigeration, and shellfish and crustacea
9in display tank systems.

10(2) Animals intended for consumption if the live animals are
11kept separate from all food and utensil handling areas, are held in
12sanitary conditions, are slaughtered in a separate room designed
13solely for that purpose and separated from other food and utensil
14handling areas, and maintained in an area that has ventilation
15separate from food and utensil handling areas.

16(3) Dogs under the control of a uniformed law enforcement
17officer or of uniformed employees of private patrol operators and
18operators of a private patrol service who are licensed pursuant to
19Chapter 11.5 (commencing with Section 7580) of Division 3 of
20the Business and Professions Code, while those employees are
21acting within the course and scope of their employment as private
22patrol persons.

23(4) In areas that are not used for food preparation and that are
24usually open for consumers, such as dining and sales areas, service
25animals that are controlled by a disabled employee or person, if a
26health or safety hazard will not result from the presence or activities
27of the service animal.

28(5) Pets in the common dining areas of restricted food service
29facilities at times other than during meals if all of the following
30conditions are satisfied:

31(A) Effective partitioning and self-closing doors separate the
32common dining areas from food storage or food preparation areas.

33(B) Condiments, equipment, and utensils are stored in enclosed
34cabinets or removed from the common dining areas when pets are

36(C) Dining areas including tables, countertops, and similar
37surfaces are effectively cleaned before the next meal service.

38(6) In areas that are not used for food preparation, storage, sales,
39display, or dining, in which there are caged animals or animals
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2or a tourist park that displays animals.

3(7) If kept at least 20 feet (6 meters) away from any mobile food
4facility, temporary food facility, or certified farmers’ market.

5(c) Those persons and operators described in paragraphs (3) and
6(4) are liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by
7the dog.

8(d) Live or dead fish bait may be stored if contamination of
9food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-use
10articles cannot result.


SEC. 2.  

Section 114259.6 is added to the Health and Safety
, to read:



(a) A food facility may permit a person to bring a
14pet dog on to the food facility’s outdoor dining areas.

15(b) A city, county, or city and county may by ordinance prohibit
16a food facility from allowing a person to bring a pet dog to the
17food facility’s outdoor dining area.