Service animals for persons with disabilities are welcome at the Javits Center. Service animals are limited to dogs1 that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.
No other animals are permitted in the Javits Center except as part of an approved exhibit, activity or performance legitimately requiring the use of animals. Although emotional support animals and/or comfort animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not service animals and therefore are not permitted in the Javits Center.
If animals are approved by the Javits Center:
- Event managers must obtain necessary permits and comply with all relevant laws (including, but not limited to, the NYS prohibition of animal fighting).
- Animals may not come into contact with the public, must be accompanied by a handler at all times and must be on a leash, within an enclosure or under similar control at all times.
- The Event Manager, Exhibitor and owner take full responsibility for the animal(s).
- The Event Manager’s, Exhibitor’s and owner’s insurance policy for their event must not exclude live animals or it must state that live animals are covered.
- The Event Manager must sign an acknowledgement letter indemnifying and defending the Javits Center in the event of personal injury, death or damage to property resulting from such animals.
- The Event Manager or Exhibitor must provide the Javits Center with:
- Health certificates for each animal and Up-to-date Veterinary records, including shots, for each animal.
Insurance coverage provided by the Event Manager, Exhibitor and owner (whichever is applicable) should name the following entities as additional insureds and provide a waiver of subrogation in favor of said parties:
- New York Convention Center Operating Corporation a/k/a Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York, The State of New York, New York Convention Center Development Corporation,
- New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development,
- The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority and their respective directors, officer(s), agent(s) and employees.
1Certain miniature horses may also be service animals. Please contact the Javits Center Legal Department before arriving if you have any questions about using miniature horses as service animals.
If you bring an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, please Contact Us in advance to secure the appropriate entry credentials for your trusted companion.