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Delaware Service Dog Laws

Applies to Guide, Hearing, and Service Dogs
Accessibility “. . . full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges on all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation, and in all hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement or resort and other places to which the general public is invited.” “. . . may be excluded . . . if the admission of such dog would create the clear danger of a disturbance or physical
harm to other persons in such place.”
Interference misdemeanor
Housing “. . . entitled to full and equal access . . . to all housing accommodations offered for rent, lease or compensation in this State . . . ”
Licenses/Fees Guide Dogs are exempt from fees.
Trainers “. . . all trainers and their support animals shall be included within those covered by this subsection.”
White Cane precautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
Injury to Dog Class A misdemeanor (injury); Class D felony (killing an Assistance Dog)
Penalties “. . . fined not more than $100, or be imprisoned for a period not exceeding 3 months, or both”
Summary Delaware law requires that a specially trained dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or physically disabled person or trainer on all public accommodations, and on all common carriers. Extra charges cannot be made due to the presence of the dog, but if the dog causes damage to the premises, the dog user is liable.
Accessibility 16-95-9502(71-72); 31-21-2117(83-84); 6-45-4504(1995-96)
Interference 16-95-9504(71-72); 31-21-2117(83-84); 6-45-4504(1995-96)
Housing 16-95-9505(71-72)
Licenses/Fees 7-17-1702(j)(1983-84)
Trainers 6-45-4504(95-96)
White Cane 16-95-9503(1971-72); 16-95-9501(1971-72)
Injury to Dog 7-17-1717(1991-92)
Penalties 31-21-2117(1983-1984)
Delaware Code, Title 16, Part IX, Chapter 9502(b).
Delaware Code, Title 16, Part IX, Chapter 9502(c).
Delaware Code, Title 16, Part IX, Chapter 9505(a).
Delaware Code, Title 6, Subtitle II, Chapter 4504(a).
Delaware Code, Title 31, Part II, Chapter 2117(b).
For Title 17, select Chapter 17, Subchapter 1, then Section.