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Access Laws for Guide Dog Users: U.S.

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Utah

Utah Statutes, 1969, Chapter 30, Sections 26-30-1 through 26-30-5, amended 1989

Utah statutory law guarantees a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog guide in all public accommodations and on all public transportation. Utah statutes also guarantee a blind person with a dog guide the right to equal housing accommodations. No extra fee may be charged for the dog's presence, but the landlord may require a reasonable deposit as security, and the dog user shall be liable for any damage to the premises caused by the dog guide. A person renting, leasing or selling private or public housing need not modify the premises in any way to accommodate a visually handicapped tenant. The dog guide user may be asked to present for inspection the identification card provided by the dog guide school from which the dog was obtained.

Utah state policy also endorses the right of equal employment opportunity to a blind person in its state service, or the service of its political subdivisions, and public schools and in employment supported in whole or part by public funds, except when the visual impairment prevents performance of the work involved.

Public accommodations include stores, restaurants, hotels, lodges, public buildings, places of resort and amusement, and all other places to which the public is invited. (Sect. 26-30-1, Sect. 26-30-2)

Public transportation includes airplanes, buses, trains, boats, taxis, and all other modes of transportation offered for public use. (Sect. 26-30-1, Sect. 26-30-2)

Housing accommodations include any real property, whether public or private. (Sect. 26-30-1, Sect. 26-30-2)

Violation: Any person or agent of any person who interferes with the above-enumerated legal rights is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and punishable accordingly. (Sect. 26-30-4)

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