Florida Service Dog Laws
Applies to Guide, Hearing, Service Dogs, and primates of genus Cebus
Accessibility “. . . entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges on all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats, and other public conveyances or modes of transportation and at hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited.”
Interference misdemeanor of the second degree
Housing “. . . entitled to rent, lease, or purchase, as other members of the general public, any housing accommodations offered for rent, lease, or other compensation in this state, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.”
Trainers “. . . has the same rights and privileges with respect to access to public facilities and the same liability for damage as is provided for deaf or hard of hearing or blind or mobility impaired persons accompanied by dog guides or service dogs”
White Cane no precautionary statue; no proclamation
Injury to Dog “Any person who . . . interferes, or permits a dog . . . to interfere, with the use of a guide dog or service animal by obstructing, intimidating, or otherwise jeopardizing the safety of the animal or its user is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree for the first offense and a misdemeanor of the first degree for each subsequent offense;” and must make full restitution.
Penalties imprisonment not to exceed 60 days
Summary Florida law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind, deaf, or physically disabled person or trainer to all public accommodations and 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.
Interference XXX-413-1-413.08 (2)(2002)
Housing XXX-413-1-413.08 (4)(2002)
Trainers XXX-413-1-413.08(7) & (8)(2002)
Injury to Dog XXX-413-1-413.081(1)(2002)
Penalties XLVI-775-775.082; XLVI-775-775.083
Florida Statutes, Title XXX, Chapter 413, Part 1, Section 413.08(1).
Florida Statutes, Title XXX, Chapter 413, Part 1, Section 413.08(4).
Florida Statutes, Title XXX, Chapter 413, Part 1, Section 413.08(7).
Florida Statutes, Title XXX, Chapter 413, Part 1, Section 413.081(1).