Dogs Trust

Dog Friendly Ireland

Dogs in Food Serving Establishments

We welcome FSAI clarity around dogs being permitted in food serving establishments.

We are pleased that the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) clarified the rules surrounding dogs being permitted into food premises, meaning that it is now at the discretion of the food business owner whether or not they wish to allow dogs in their premises.

Paragraph 22 of Regulation 25 of the Food Hygiene Regulations 1950 has now been revoked meaning that dogs are now allowed into food premises such as restaurants and cafés if the business owner so wishes, provided that proper procedures are in place to prevent dogs from having access to areas where food is prepared, stored or handled, as per EU regulations

We are pleased that the FSAI have provided clarity regarding the rules surrounding dogs being permitted into food serving establishments, meaning that dogs will now be allowed into food premises at the business owner’s discretion. We are optimistic that this progressive step will be instrumental in helping Ireland to become more Dog Friendly. We have seen an increased appetite for dog owners wishing to be accompanied by their four legged friends when visiting cafés and restaurants, as well as a growing desire for food business owners to allow dogs on site. This positive change supports our mission to help make Ireland the best place in the world to own and be a dog and we hope it will pave the way for other industries to adopt similar Dog Friendly practices.

For more information on the FSAI regulations, please click HERE

For the Statutory Instruments on Food Hygiene (Revocation Of Certain Provisions) Regulations 2017, please click HERE