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Access Laws Map

Pawsible's access laws map is an interactive map of the United States detailing access laws pertaining to service dogs and their handlers in each state!

Access Laws Map

What are Public Access Laws?

  • Access laws provide legal rights to service dog handlers and service dogs in training

  • Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), public locations generally must allow service dogs and their handlers to have access

  • Currently, there are only four states in the United States that do not include service dogs in training (SDiTs) in their public access laws


How to Use the Map

  • Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself, public access for service dog handlers is guaranteed by law

  • If you are faced with a situation where someone attempts to restrict public access because of your service dog or service dog in training, use this map to show them the letter of the law

  • If you believe that you or another person has been discriminated against by an entity covered by the ADA, you may file a complaint with the Disability Rights Section (DRS) in the Department of Justice


Tips

  • Be polite, not everyone knows about service dogs and public access laws

  • Explain that this dog is either in training or is performing specific, necessary tasks

  • Explain that the law in your state protects you from discrimination and that you and your dog are entitled to full access of public areas

  • If possible, use the interaction as an educational experience to prevent future discrimination for others


Exceptions to the ADA

  • Religious organizations and religious entities controlled by religious organizations are not required to follow ADA laws

  • Private membership clubs and non-profit, private clubs, except for labor organizations, are also exempt

  • According to the National Park Service, service dogs are legally permitted anywhere that visitors can go

  • However, there is no official mention of in training dogs, so we suggest calling ahead to be sure your dog is permitted

  • National Parks are under federal jurisdiction, not state, so public access coverage may vary