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Nevada Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Laws - A Complete Guide for 2022

If you own an emotional support animal in Nevada, there are some rules and regulations you should know. Read on to learn about your rights as an ESA owner.
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Written by:
Susana Bradford
Published on:  
September 7, 2022
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September 7, 2022

Emotional support animals (ESAs) are assistance animals that provide comfort and companionship to individuals struggling with mental illness. Although ESAs do not have the same rights and protections in public spaces as service dogs, people have the right to live with their ESAs anywhere in Nevada. Getting an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) will ensure you have an equal opportunity to access housing with your support animal.

This comprehensive guide will discuss the rights and regulations about emotional support animals in Nevada and how to secure official status for your ESA needs.

The Bottom Line:

  • What is an emotional support animal? An emotional support animal, also known as an ESA, helps its owner manage the symptoms of mental illness or an emotional disability. An ESA does not need special training for its role in providing companionship and a comforting presence. 
  • Are ESAs considered pets in Nevada? Although ESAs are much more than just pets to their owners, under most Nevada laws, ESAs are essentially considered pets. One major exception is housing legislation, which allows ESAs (but not pets) to live with their owners, even in no-pet accommodation.
  • How do I get an ESA letter in Nevada? To get an ESA letter in Nevada, you’ll need a consultation with an LMHP – in person or through an online provider. They’ll assess your need for an emotional support animal and write you an official letter if they think an ESA would help your mental well-being.
  • Do landlords in Nevada have to accept ESAs? Federal law prevents landlords from discriminating against tenants with emotional support animals, provided the ESA owner has the correct documentation.

Emotional Support Animal Laws in Nevada

Although there are some similarities between ESAs and service dogs, there are different rules. Although you will not face discrimination regarding housing, there are limits to where you can bring your emotional support animal in Nevada. 

An official ESA letter provides your support animal with the best likelihood of accessing public places and establishments in Nevada. A valid ESA letter is also essential for ensuring that you can live with your ESA.

Nevada ESA Housing Laws

Since your emotional support animal is essential to your mental health treatment plan, the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects Nevada ESA owners from pet fees, restrictions, and extra rent. You do not have to disclose your diagnosis to your housing provider, but you will need to show them an accredited ESA letter. This letter may be necessary to negotiate the terms of your lease or rental agreement.

The FHA makes it illegal for any housing provider to discriminate against a person for having an assistance animal (including an ESA). Although most rental units have a pet policy, you can keep an ESA in your home if you have a certified ESA letter signed by a licensed mental health professional. 

Although your emotional support animal won’t have free access to all public accommodations, an ESA letter is a credible way to guarantee your right to live with your ESA without having to pay additional fees.

Nevada ESA Laws for Employment

Many ESA owners would like their support animal to accompany them to their job, especially if an ESA can help them navigate challenging situations. Unfortunately, no employment laws specifically cover emotional support animals in the workplace.

You may be familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against employees with disabilities. The ADA gives employees with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities the right to bring a service animal (including a psychiatric service dog) to work. However, the ADA does not cover untrained emotional support animals unable to perform tasks for their owner. 

If you want to bring your ESA to work, you must discuss your situation with your line manager or employer. They may decide to allow you to bring your ESA to your workplace, especially if you can show them valid documentation. However, this decision is entirely at their discretion. Your ESA should be well-behaved and kept under control at all times.

Nevada ESA Laws for Travel

There are many reasons people want to travel with an ESA. Traveling can be an incredibly stressful experience, and having an ESA by your side can make all the difference. Alternatively, if you are moving to a new city, you’ll undoubtedly want your ESA to relocate with you. However, if you plan to travel by public transportation, you’ll need to consider how you’ll travel with your ESA. Unlike service dogs, ESAs do not have special privileges on buses, trains, or subways beyond the rights of ordinary pets. The same applies to air travel under the Air Carrier Access Act

If you want to travel with your ESA, including on a commercial flight, you’ll need to contact the airline or transit company in advance to discuss your situation. If you can present a valid emotional support animal letter, the company may permit your ESA to accompany you onboard. However, there is no guarantee this will be allowed, and your ESA may be subject to the same fees, restrictions, and policies as a pet.

Nevada ESA Public Access Laws

In Nevada, as in all US states, only service animals (nearly always service dogs) have full and equal access to public places and establishments, regardless of their pet policy. This includes shops, restaurants, cinemas, shopping malls, hospitals, hotels, libraries, and theaters. 

Legally, venues are only required to admit service animals that have undergone special training to assist their owner with a physical or emotional disability. Some restaurants and other commercial spaces are pet-friendly, so your ESA will be welcome. However, you should not expect your ESA to be admitted everywhere, even if you have a valid ESA letter. The owner or manager will decide on a case-by-case basis about animals. If they give you the go-ahead, ensure your ESA is well trained and under your control at all times. 

How to Get a Legitimate ESA Letter in Nevada

With our straightforward ESA approval process, you could get an ESA letter within 24 hours after meeting with one of our licensed therapists. This step-by-step guide covers everything you need to know about getting a legitimate ESA letter in Nevada. 

Complete Our Assessment

The first step in getting an official ESA letter is completing a short, free assessment. This assessment helps us evaluate your situation and needs. You’ll then request an emotional support animal letter for housing, travel, or both.

Consult with a Therapist

After filling out our privacy and consent forms to authorize our clinicians to work with you, we’ll match you with a licensed mental health professional. Then, book a live consultation with an LMHP who will evaluate your mental health needs to determine if you qualify for an ESA letter (sometimes called an ESA prescription).

Get Your Emotional Support Animal Letter

Once your therapist has determined that your ESA is essential to your mental health and well-being, you’ll receive a legally recognized ESA letter. In most cases, ESA letters can be expedited so that you receive your letter within 24 hours of your initial consultation.

We are committed to the satisfaction of every customer. In the unlikely event that your ESA letter does not meet your needs, we will provide a 100% refund. 

What Is an Emotional Support Animal?

Although they do not have the training or functional role of service animals, emotional support animals are more than just pets. They are assistance animals that help people struggling with emotional issues or a mental disability cope with the challenging symptoms of their condition. A licensed mental health practitioner can prescribe an ESA as a recognized treatment for managing anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and other mental health concerns.

What Is a Service Animal?

A service animal is an assistance animal that has been individually trained to perform specific tasks for its owner. They are working animals that help their owners with activities they cannot do for themselves due to a physical, mental, or emotional disability. For example, guide dogs have completed extensive training to help visually impaired individuals navigate the world around them. Service animals can also include hearing dogs, medical alert dogs, and psychiatric service dogs. 

The Difference Between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

ESAs and service animals have some attributes in common, yet there are also fundamental differences. The most significant difference is their role. ESAs provide comfort, support, and companionship to help their owners manage the symptoms of mental disorders such as anxiety, depression, and phobias. Their presence alone is enough to help their owner cope with the challenges of daily life.

Any animal can be an ESA, although dogs and cats are the most common. The Fair Housing Act protects the rights of ESAs to live with their owners as long as they possess a valid ESA letter. They are not automatically guaranteed access to public establishments.

On the other hand, a service animal plays a specific role in helping its owner with daily activities, such as bringing medication, helping them cross the street, recognizing the signs of a panic attack, or alerting them to danger. They must have specific training for this role and be perfectly behaved in public, even in challenging situations and around other animals. In recognition of their essential functions, service animals (service dogs) can accompany their owners into nearly any public place.

Frequently Asked Questions About Nevada ESA Laws

Still have questions about ESA rules and regulations in Nevada? Take a look at these frequently asked questions. 

Do I have to tell my landlord I have an ESA in Nevada?

You should always tell your landlord if you want to live with your ESA. Most rental properties have rules about having animals on the premises, so you’ll need to discuss your situation and explain that your emotional support animal is not a pet. You should expect to show your landlord your ESA letter. 

Can a landlord deny an emotional support animal in Nevada?

The FHA prevents landlords from discriminating against individuals, including those who rely on ESAs to ease an emotional disability or mental health challenge. However, you’ll need an official ESA letter to legitimize your need.

When do I tell my landlord about my ESA in Nevada?

It would be best if you told your landlord about your ESA immediately. Your disclosure will help to avoid confusion so they can make a reasonable accommodation for you and your ESA. 

Can a landlord in Nevada charge a fee for an emotional support animal?

Under the terms of the Fair Housing Act, ESAs are exempt from pet fees and deposits. A residential provider cannot charge a tenant higher rent or demand a larger security deposit because you own an emotional support animal.

Can you have more than one ESA in Nevada?

There are no specific rules about how many ESAs you can have in Nevada. However, you will need to ensure that your ESAs do not cause an undue financial burden to your landlord, damage property, or threaten the safety of other residents. You may be required to have a letter for each of your ESAs.

What restrictions can my landlord place on my emotional support animal in Nevada?

In most circumstances, housing providers cannot restrict your right to live with your ESA, as this would violate the Fair Housing Act’s safeguard against discrimination. This includes weight or breed restrictions. However, use common sense to ensure that your ESA doesn’t damage property and is not a danger or a financial burden on your landlord.

Meet the author:
Susana Bradford

Susana is an avid animal lover and has been around animals her entire life, and has volunteered at several different animal shelters in Southern California. She has a loving family at home that consists of her husband, son, two dogs, and one cat. She enjoys trying new Italian recipes, playing piano, making pottery, and outdoor hiking with her family and dogs in her spare time.