Restaurants in California now have the option of legally allowing pet dogs into patios and outside dining areas. Restaurants and dog owners do have to follow certain rules, according to Assembly Bill 1965, signed by California Governor Jerry Brown. The new law applies only to dogs and applies whether or not they are service dogs or emotional support animals.
Section 114259.5(d) of the California Health and Safety Code requires the following conditions be satisfied for pet dogs to be allowed in outdoor dining areas.
Note that the new law does not require restaurants to allow dogs in outside dining areas; the restaurant owner or manager can decide whether to allow them.