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Service Dogs at My B&B

Q: I live in and own a bed and breakfast that has four rooms. Do I have to allow service animals or emotional support animals to stay?

A: No. The definition in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of a public accommodation does not include a lodging with five rooms or less that is occupied by the owner as a primary residence. Your bed and breakfast would be excluded from coverage under Title III of the ADA. However, if you no longer lived in the bed and breakfast or if you added two additional bedrooms so that you offered six rooms to guests, then you would need to allow service animals to stay.

To learn more about service animals in businesses, see the Service Animals in Public Spaces website.


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