Mississippi State Department of Health

Dog-Friendly Outdoor Dining Areas


The Mississippi State Department of Health has created a new policy allowing pet dogs to be present at restaurants and other food facilities under specific conditions.

MSDH has examined policies in other states and believes with the proper hygienic conditions public health can be protected, and local businesses wanting to accommodate their clientele can be supported.

OWNERS: This policy takes effect Friday, November 1, 2019. Check local and county ordinances to ensure that dog-friendly restaurants are not otherwise prohibited.

Conditions to Ensure Public Health

Permits and Inspections

All restaurants that wish to establish a dining area where dogs are permitted must first submit an application to the Mississippi State Department of Health. Once MSDH receives the application and relevant fee, an inspection of the facility will take place to ensure that dog-friendly requirements are met.

Restaurants with dog-friendly dining areas will be inspected at least twice a year.



For more information about this policy, contact the MSDH Food Protection division at (601) 576-7689.

Links referenced on this page
View the full requirements for dog-friendly areas    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,8317,77,pdf/Dog-FriendlyDiningPolicy.pdf
Submit a variance application for dog-friendly areas (online form)    https://na3.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=4ef82e73-1eda-4c5d-9467-87accb03c1d3&env=na3-eu1

Resources referenced
View the full requirements for dog-friendly areas    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/30,8317,77,pdf/Dog-FriendlyDiningPolicy.pdf ok

Find this page at http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/index.cfm

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