Dog Friendly East Lindsey

The 'Pet Pound' is an ever-growing market and in rural places such as East Lindsey provides a huge opportunity to attract a new audience to your business, with many people deciding to take their dog on holiday with them.

There are 8 million dogs in the UK and research carried out by the Kennel Club found that four out of five businesses say that business has improved as a result of expanding their customer base to dog owners. Visit the Kennel Club website to read more about the benefits of being dog friendly.

We have launched a Dog Friendly campaign and would like to encourage all dog friendly businesses to display a window sticker on their shop window to let people know that Man's Best Friend is welcome inside.  To apply for your free window sticker please email your business name and address to Samantha.phillips@e-lindsey.gov.uk.

You can access our Dog Friendly businesses information leaflet Icon for pdf here [567.3KB]. We have also created a Dog Friendly badge for your business website. You can download it Icon for image here [107.06KB].

   

Pets in catering premises

There is nothing in the food hygiene regulations to stop food businesses allowing pets on to their premises (e.g. pubs, restaurants, takeaways). However, Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 on the hygiene of foodstuffs states;

"Adequate procedures are to be in place to prevent domestic animals from having access to places where food is prepared, handled or stored (or, where the competent authority so permits in special cases, to prevent such access from resulting in contamination)."

The issue is that from a practical point of view domestic pets would be a potential external source of contamination.  Therefore, best practice advice would be to keep them away at all times from food preparation/serving areas.

The law places the responsibility on the food business operator (i.e. the manager or person in charge) to identify any step in the activities of their operation where food hazards (including cross contamination) may occur and ensure adequate safety procedures to control such hazard are in place.  In this context, the decision to allow a customer's pet or owners pet on to the premises is at the discretion of the food business operator. If they allow this, they would need to take the necessary steps to ensure there was no risk of contamination to the food handling and preparation from doing so.

The food hygiene legislation is set out in Regulation (EC) 852/2004, Annex II