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S.L. County restaurants need a variance before patios can go to the dogs

The Salt Lake County Health Department is reminding restaurants and cafÉs with outdoor eating areas that they need to apply for a regulation variance to allow dogs on their patios.
The Salt Lake County Health Department is reminding restaurants and cafÉs with outdoor eating areas that they need to apply for a regulation variance to allow dogs on their patios.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County Health Department is reminding restaurants and cafés with outdoor eating areas that they need to apply for a regulation variance to allow dogs on their patios.

In May 2012, the Salt Lake County Board of Health amended its food sanitation regulation to allow dogs on outdoor dining patios if the food service establishment applied for permission and met a few simple maintenance and service requirements.

As of May, 12 establishments in Salt Lake County have received the variance and can legally welcome canine companions to their patios, department officials said.

“The board changed the regulation to allow dogs in certain controlled situations because we’d heard from residents and restaurant owners that they wanted that option available to them,” Jeff Oaks, the department’s food protection bureau manager, said in a statement.

To receive “paws on the patio” approval, dog-friendly food-service businesses need to submit a special processes safety plan, pay an application fee of $350 and agree to a few rules:

• Signs must be posted notifying patrons that dogs may be on the premises.

• The patio must have an outdoor entrance so dogs don’t have to go through an interior dining area, and there must be self-closing doors between the patio and interior area.

• The patio must be cleaned with animal-friendly chemicals at the beginning of each shift, or every six hours if the business does not have defined shifts.

• Any dog bathroom “accidents” must be cleaned and the area sanitized within five minutes.

• Wait staff and other restaurant food-handlers may not touch any dog.

• Dogs must remain on a leash and have collars with current license and rabies tags.

• Dogs may not be on tables or chairs.

• Dogs should be given water in a disposable container but may not eat food —including dog food or treats.

• Dogs may not have contact with any dishes or utensils.

The variance is good for one year, and establishments in good standing may renew it in subsequent years for a $100 fee.

Food service establishments interested in applying for the variance should contact the Salt Lake County Health Department Food Protection Bureau at 385-468-3845.

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Establishments with “Paws on the Patio” variances

California Pizza Kitchen, 6227 S. State

Campfire Lounge, 837 E. 2100 South

Eggs in the City, 1675 E. 1300 South

Fisher Brewing Co., 320 W. 800 South

Flatbread, 2121 S. McClelland St.

Log Haven, 6451 Millcreek Canyon Road

Pig and a Jelly Jar, 401 E. 900 South

Taqueria 27, 149 E. 200 South; 1615 S. Foothill Blvd.; 4670 S. Holladay Blvd.

Uinta Brewing Co., 1722 S. Fremont Drive

Wasatch Brew Pub Sugar House, 2110 S. Highland Drive