By: Hadley Barndollar, Seacoastonline.com
PORTSMOUTH -- Any city restaurant that currently allows dogs on its premises is operating out of compliance with state and local code, according to the city’s health officer.
Per state regulations, adopted from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code, only service animals are allowed in food establishments or on their premises, defined as the physical facility, contents and property -- including outdoor dining areas.
Restaurants wishing to have dogs on their patios or decks must apply for a variance, but as of last week, Portsmouth Health Officer Kim McNamara said, no variances have been approved.
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