Can you allow dogs in your pub?

There are a lot of rules about what you can and cannot do with your business in North Carolina. While many rules make sense for safety and health, others may seem like overkill. For instance, say you want to open a pub that is dog friendly. Is that even legal? There are many rules about dogs being allowed in businesses, especially those serving food and beverages. These laws do make sense when it comes to ensuring safety and keeping up with health codes, but if your heart is set on a dog-friendly pub, you may be surprised to find out you can probably proceed with your plans.

CBS News explains the law did prohibit dogs in pubs, but that has changed. A new law now allows you to let dogs in your brewery or taproom as long as you do not make food on site. This is a nod to health code regulations that prevent dogs from being in restaurants and other food service establishments.

The new law says you can tell customers to feel free to bring their furry friends when they enjoy some time at your pub. This is a great thing to increase your business. People out walking their dog may stop in and grab a drink more often since they do not have to take their pup home or tie it up outside. In addition, it encourages those who love to take their fur babies with them everywhere to patronize your establishment. It is a win-win for you and other brewery owners and dog owners and their dogs. The law extends to cats, too. This information is for education and is not legal advice.