Service Dog Laws Florida – 2023 Easy Guide & FAQs

Florida Service Dog Laws

Welcome To Service Dog Laws Florida

In Florida, service dogs are governed by various laws, depending on the context. According to federal Americans with Disabilities Act law, service dogs are allowed to go anywhere that the general public is allowed or invited to go.

This includes any publicly and privately owned businesses that serve the public. Some examples are restaurants, hotels and motels, retail stores and malls, taxis and buses, theaters and concerts, sports facilities, community centers, etc. For a related article, check out our guide to Emotional Support Animal Laws in Florida.

Definitions of Service Animal

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 2010 Regulations define a service animal as:

“any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.” 

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Florida Statute 413.08 defines a service animal as:

An animal that is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability. In places of public accommodation, a service animal is defined as a dog or miniature horse.

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Disability Rights Florida

Call Disability Rights Florida at 1-800-342-0823 

Sam Nelson

Sam is an experienced writer, advocate for people with disabilities and mental health, dog lover, artist, philosopher, and generally complicated human being.

3 thoughts on “Service Dog Laws Florida – 2023 Easy Guide & FAQs

  1. Dr’s office denied entrance of my service dog. The problem is that they are my pain clinic doctor. If I push the issue I will lose a good doctor.

  2. My service dogs were siezed without notice to me.. They will not tell me if they alive of killed by animal control. I am desperate
    Dade county made charges that are so egregious it is impossible to believe..
    Do you know any any lawyers willing to help

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