Service Dog Public Access Laws Reference Page

Public Access Laws United States

American with Disabilities Act (ADA)


Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Service Dogs.ย  The purpose (1) to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities; (2) to provide clear, strong, consistent, enforceable standards addressing discrimination against individuals with disabilities; (3) to ensure that the Federal Government plays a central role in enforcing the standards established in this Act on behalf of individuals with disabilities; and (4) to invoke the sweep of congressional authority, including the power to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment and to regulate commerce, in order to address the major areas of discrimination faced day-to-day by people with disabilities.ย 

U.S. Department of Justice - A Guide to Disability Rights Laws

ADA Fact Sheet - ADA Service Animals

Highlights of the Final Rule to Amend the Department of Justice's Regulation Implementing Title II of the ADA

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA

ADA National Network

Individuals with disabilities may use service animals and emotional support animals for a variety of reasons. This guide provides an overview of how major Federal civil rights laws govern the rights of a person requiring a service animal. These laws, as well as instructions on how to file a complaint, are listed in the last section of this publication. Many states also have laws that provide a different definition of service animal. You should check your stateโ€™s law and follow the law that offers the most protection for service animals.ย  The document discusses service animals in a number of different settings as the rules and allowances related to access with service animals will vary according to the law applied and the setting.


US Department of Transportation - Air Carriers Act

A compilation of rules, guidance, enforcement orders and publications on disability issues in aviation.


Table of State Assistance Animal Laws - Michigan State University

This table compares all 50 states' assistance animal laws for several categories. Included are assistance animal accommodation laws, criminal interference laws, licensing laws, disabled pedestrian laws, and service animal misrepresentation laws. Links to the text of the various laws are provided.


US Department of Housing and Urban Development

The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.


Guidance for Landlords: