Pups on Patios - Material for Businesses

As of March 2021, the province of Nova Scotia allows pet dogs on patios

If you are a business in Downtown Halifax with an outdoor patio, you can allow dogs on your patio with the following conditions:

  • Business owners can decide whether to allow pet dogs or limit the number of dogs on their patio. 
  • Business owners can ask a customer to remove the pet dog if it's misbehaving.
  • Pet dogs are not allowed inside restaurants, bars and/or cafes, and are only allowed on patios that can be accessed from the street (*this does NOT apply to Service Dogs). 
  • Pet dogs cannot eat while at the restaurant but can drink water from separate bowls brought by the owner.
  • Restaurants with dog-friendly patios must post a sign so potential customers are aware that they allow dogs before they sit down.

For more information and guidance with the rules, please visit novascotia.ca or contact Gordon Stewart, the Executive Director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia here

DHBC has created Pups on Patios graphics and signage for businesses to use free of charge to promote their dog friendly patio. You are welcome to download the material to use as needed, or contact Allana for printed versions of the poster, sticker, and window decal. 


Window decal and sticker are 5" x 7". DHBC has printed copies of these, please email Allana for a hard copy of either or both. 


The posters come in 8.5" x 11", 8.5" x 14", and 11" x 17" sizes (the version below is 8.5" x 11"). There is also a version without any rules, so businesses can add their own.

8.5" x 11" Poster (page 2 of PDF has no rules)

8.5" x 14" Poster (page 2 of PDF has no rules)

11" x 17" Poster (page 2 of PDF has no rules)




Instagram V1

Instagram V2

Instagram Story V1

Instagram Story V2



Finally, are you a dog-friendly retail or personal service type business? We have 'Dog-Friendly' window decals that you can use. 

Decals are 5" x 7". DHBC has printed copies of this decal, please email Allana for a copy. 


We also have DHBC branded dog bowls. If you would like one for your business, let us know!


And remember to tag your photos with dogs on your patios with #PupsOnPatiosDT so we can find and reshare them.


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