Frequently Asked Questions

Assistance Dog, What? Codes, Laws, and Regulations Governing

An assistance dog is any dog trained as a “Guide Dog”, Signal Dog”, or “Service Dog”.

A "guide dog" means any dog that was trained by a person licensed under Chapter 9.5 (commencing with Section 7200) of Division 3 of the State of California Business and Professions Code or as defined in the regulations implementing Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336).

A “signal dog" means any dog trained to alert an individual who is deaf or hearing impaired to intruders or sounds.

A "service dog" means any dog individually trained to the requirements of the individual with a disability, including, but not limited to, minimal protection work, rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, or fetching dropped items. California Penal Code section 365.7 states that any person who knowingly and fraudulently represents themselves to be the owner or trainer of any canine licensed as an assistance dog, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

A licensed and certified assistance dog has the:

1. Right to full and equal access to places of public accommodations.
2. Right to full and equal access to transportation.
3. Right to full and equal housing accommodations.
4. Right to full and equal access to places of employment.
5. Waiver of license fees

Every individual with a disability has the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, signal dog, or service dog, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed above without being required to pay an extra charge or security deposit for the guide dog, signal dog, or service dog.

A violation of the right to full and equal access of an individual is a federal violation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336), the State of California State of California Business and Professions Code, and California Penal Code sections 365.5, 365.6.

However, the individual shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by his or her dog.

These individuals shall ensure the dog is on a leash and tagged as a guide dog, signal dog, or service dog by an identification tag issued by the City of Long Beach, Animal Care Services.

Licensed Assistance Dog Certificates and Tags are available from the Animal Care Services Bureau, as a courtesy, and NOT FOR SALE.


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