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.

  1. The Fair Housing Act
  • 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.

  1. Assistance Animals Covered by the FHA
  1. ADA Service Animal Coverage Versus FHA Coverage
  1. Information on Star, the Guide Dog