NOTICE: On March 22, 2018, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that makes misrepresentation of a non-trained Service Dog or a non-trained Miniature Horse a Class 1 Civil Infraction. This act will be effective January 01, 2019.  Click here to read the Substitute House Bill No. 2822.


There are many laws that handlers and civilians must follow regarding Service Animals, and there are 4 tiers of laws that should be followed : ADA, State, County and City. We will be covering the first 2 tiers, as county and city laws vary greatly and there are far too many cities within the 39 counties of WA State to cover.  Many of WA state’s counties follow federal ADA laws. You can explore each tier with cited sources from the Laws drop-down menu, or via the links below. We try to stay as updated as possible, but always double check with the cited sources if you are unsure.

ADA Laws
State Laws








DISCLAIMER: Information contained on this website in regards to the United States of America’s state and/or federal laws, including any other country’s laws regarding service animals are interpreted and summarized by the writers of Washington State Service Dog Association and do not represent legal advice. We typically provide screenshots and/or links to copies of all laws referenced; however the lists or links of laws can not be guaranteed to be complete nor current. If you are seeking legal advice for a subject matter, please consult an attorney.