Golden: What are the regulations regarding pets on restaurant patios in Houston?
Sorry, I wasn’t specific enough with my last question. I’m trying to find out what the Health Board rules are regarding pets on restaurant or bar patios in Houston.
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Answer by Crazy Horse
Unless they allow pets on patios, you can’t take a pet to a restaurant anywhere in Texas. Howdy, by the way. Fort Worth here. I have yet to see a place that allows dogs, leashed or not.
(f) Prohibiting animals.
(1) Except as specified in item (2) of this subsection, live animals may not be allowed on the premises of a food establishment.
(2) Live animals may be allowed in the following situations if the contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles cannot result:
a. Edible fish or decorative fish in aquariums, shell fish or crustacea on ice or under refrigeration, and shellfish and crustacea in display tank systems;
b. Patrol dogs accompanying police or security officers in offices and dining, sales, and storage areas, and sentry dogs running loose in outside fenced areas;
c. In areas that are not used for food preparation and that are usually open for customers, such as dining and sales areas, service animals that are controlled by the individual with a disability, or service animals in training when accompanied by an approved trainer, if a health or safety hazard will not result from the presence or activities of the service animal;
d. Pets in the common dining areas of institutional care facilities such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, or residential care facilities at times other than during meals if:
 Effective partitioning and self-closing doors separate the common dining areas from food storage or food preparation areas;
 Condiments, equipment, and utensils are stored in enclosed cabinets or removed from the common dining areas when pets are present; and
 Dining areas including tables, counter tops, and similar surfaces are effectively cleaned before the next meal service; and
e. In areas that are not used for food preparation, storage, sales, display, or dining, in which there are caged animals or animals that are similarly confined, such as in a variety store that sells pets or a tourist park that displays animals.
(3) Live or dead fish bait may be stored if contamination of food, clean equipment, utensils, linens, and unwrapped single-service and single-use articles cannot result.
(Ord. No. 99-1346, § 1, 12-15-99; Ord. No. 07-1051, § 2(Exh. A), 9-12-07)
So the answer is no, pets are not allowed on the patios of restaurants or bars. But I have seen many people tie thier dogs to the railing on the outside of the patio and sit at one of the tables beside the railing.