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District of Columbia
 
 
Applies to Guide and Hearing Dogs
 
Accessibility “. . . full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation in the District of Columbia, hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited in the District of Columbia, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law or in
accordance with law applicable alike to all persons.”
 
Interference subject to fine/imprisonment
 
Housing “Every blind or deaf person who has a dog guide, or who obtains a dog guide, shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations referred to in this section, without being denied access because of the dog guide and required to pay an extra charge for the dog guide; but such blind or deaf person shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by such dog.”
 
White Cane precautionary statute; White Cane Safety Day is October 15.
 
Penalties “. . . shall be imprisoned for not longer than 90 days, or fined not more than $300, or both.”
 
Summary District of Columbia law requires that a specially trained Assistance Dog be allowed to accompany a blind or deaf person to all public accommodations and common carriers. Extra charges cannot be made due to the presence of the dog, but if the dog causes damage to the premises, the dog user is liable.
 
Accessibility 7-1002(1981)
 
Interference 7-1007(1972); 7-1002(1981); 7-1005
 
Housing 7-1006(1981)
 
White Cane 7-1004 (1981); 7-1008(1973)
 
Penalties 7-1007(1972)
 
Select Division I, Title 7, Subtitle B, Chapter 10.
 
District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I Government of District, Title 7, Human Health Care
and Safety, Subtitle B, Chapter 10, Section 7-1002.
 
District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I Government of District, Title 7, Human Health Care
and Safety, Subtitle B, Chapter 10, Section 7-1006(b).
 
District of Columbia Official Code 2001 Edition, Division I Government of District, Title 7, Human Health Care
and Safety, Subtitle B, Chapter 10, Section 7-1007.
 
Code sections are searchable on 7-1001, 7-1002, etc.

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