Service Animal Policy

Our City welcomes persons with disabilities who are accompanied by service animals in all of our buildings, programs, and activities.

  • No identification or special tags are required.
  • Service animals must be harnessed or leashed unless those devices would interfere with the work the service animal performs.
  • In cases where the service animal is not leashed or harnessed, the handler must have the service animal under voice or signal control. If a service animal becomes disruptive a City staff person may ask that the service animal be removed.
  • The City will consider the use of miniature horses as a service animal on a case-by-case basis.

The Department of Justice has a comprehensive fact sheet on service animals and their use in both Title II and Title III buildings and facilities: Title II applies to State and Local Government; Title III applies to businesses and public spaces. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) enforces the Fair Housing Act (FHA) requirements in housing situations.

  • Protects people with disabilities in housing and includes an even broader definition of service animal.
  • Provides people with disabilities the right to have assistance animals in their homes.

Assistance animals will generally fall into two categories: emotional support animals and service animals. Requests for service and support animals can be made under the reasonable accommodation process.