Environmental Services

Proposed Changes to Food Rules Relevant to Dogs on Patios

The City of Burleson is considering amending the Food Rules relevant to allowing dogs on patios in Food establishments. In June of 2016, the City of Burleson adopted the 2015 Texas Food Establishment Rules and these rules state that only leashed service animals and police escorted canine units are allowed in the dining areas of food establishments including patio-seating areas of food establishments.

The proposed code amendments would allow dogs to be on a restaurant patio when certain criteria is adhered to. The restaurant operator will have the discretion to allow or prohibit dogs on patios at their establishment.

The following is the proposed criteria:

A food establishment may permit a customer to be accompanied by a dog in an outdoor dining area if: 

the food establishment posts a sign in a conspicuous location stating that dogs are allowed in the outdoor dining area;
the customer and the dog access the outdoor dining area directly from the exterior of the food establishment;
the dog does not enter the interior of the food establishment;
the customer keeps the dog on a leash and controls the dog;
the customer does not allow the dog on a seat, table, countertop, or similar surface; and
in the outdoor dining area, the food establishment does not:
a. prepare food; or
b. permit open food, except for food that is being served to a customer.

If you have any questions, would like to provide feedback on the proposed changes or if you would like to be notified of the upcoming Council meeting for the adoption consideration please please contact 817-426-9841 or email Lisa DuelloStaff plans to propose the adoption of the amendments in the near future.


The Environmental Services Division is responsible for protecting the health and safety of the public and the environment. Environmental Services is part of the Neighborhood Services Department.

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