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Dog Friendly Belfast

We have partnered with Tourism Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast to provide visitors with information about facilities and businesses that will offer a warm welcome to you and your dog throughout the city.

We're aiming to provide an enjoyable experience for residents and visitors when exploring Belfast and there are a number of businesses that recognise many people want to bring their pets with them.

If you want to display the ‘we are dog friendly’ sticker, the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre will supply this to you. Businesses who would like to be included on the dog friendly website listings maintained by Tourism Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast should contact these organisations to obtain further information.

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre  Tourism Northern Ireland 
9 Donegall Square North,
028 9024 6609
Floors 10-12, Linum Chambers
Bedford Square, Bedford Street
028 9023 1221

Food Safety Guidance for dog friendly businesses

Food Safety Legislation doesn't stop the presence of dogs in customer areas of food premises. However dogs aren't allowed in areas where food is prepared, handled or stored. Food Hygiene Rating should not be affected provided businesses take appropriate action and make precautions to prevent contamination of food. 

Hygiene advice

Food businesses must have proper procedures in place to prevent dogs contaminating food or food utensils and should consider the following:

  • Dogs should not be allowed in areas where food is prepared, handled or stored.
  • Staff should not touch dogs or handle materials that have been in contact with dogs.
  • Food staff must wash their hands immediately if they have direct or indirect contact with dogs.
  • Restrict dogs to parts of the premises to ensure hygiene standards are maintained.
  • Materials or objects that have been in contact with dogs, including dog bowls, should not be brought into food areas and should not be cleaned in food equipment or utensil sinks.
  • Any dog fouling must be immediately and thoroughly cleaned with disposable materials and disinfectant. This must be followed by thorough staff hand washing.

Good practice for dog friendly restaurants

  • Customers with dogs should be approached by a staff member to find out if they are there for drinks or drinks and food.
  • Dog owners are informed of house rules of dogs on premises, these may include that dogs:
    • are kept on a lead at all times.
    • only allowed in certain areas of the premises.
    • will remain the responsibility of the owner at all times.
  • Have dog bowls available for water and food.
  • Dog food available to buy on premises.
  • Have procedures in place for cleaning up accidents. Responsibility of the owner followed by a member of staff thoroughly cleaning the area with hot water and disinfectant.
  • Food staff including waiters should not handle dogs or materials that have been in contact with dogs. Staff must wash their hands immediately if they have any contact with dogs.
  • Consider the maximum number of dogs that can be accommodated at once, and the number of dogs allowed to be brought in by one person. Remember The Dogs (Specified Maximum) (Belfast) Order 2012.