California law requires most public places to admit service dogs and psychiatric service dogs but not emotional support animals. California law allows persons with disabilities to bring trained service dogs and psychiatric service dogs, but not emotional support animals, to all public places.
Businesses are only allowed to ask two questions: Whether the owner is disabled, and what tasks the dog is trained to perform.
Only dogs are currently allowed to be considered service animals at this time. No cats, ferrets, birds, rabbits, pigs or any other animal qualifies.
In our experience, a trained service dog will always be very obvious as will the owners’ disability. They are almost always accompanied by the seeing or hearing impaired and they behave very differently than regular ‘pets’.
Private residences may very well qualify as public places and/or businesses when put up for rent in the manner Peerspace presents, a point which would be fairly easy to argue in a court of law, so be careful when denying entry.
We find it best to err on the side of caution. We allow proper service animals and deny all others…the three separate times we have allowed a pet dog inside all three have immediately pooped on the carpet. We do not allow animals unless they are booked for a qualified video or photo shoot, and we charge an additional cleaning deposit for those.
And beware of fakers…always ask the 2 questions, if they don’t have good answers, or say things like “my dog is trained to love me” gently but firmly remind them that it is illegal to fake a service animal, punishable by a $1000 fine and 6-months in jail if it turns out their animal is not certified properly.