Buy or manage a dog licence

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Dogs three months and older (including service dogs) must have a dog licence for identification.

On this page:

  • Buy or renew a dog licence
  • Update your dog licence information
  • Cancel your dog licence
  • Replace a lost dog tag
  • Return a found dog tag

Buy or renew a dog licence

Dog licences cost $40.00 each per year (no tax) and are good for one year from the date of payment. Have a service dog? The dog licence is free. See the section "Licence your service dog" on this page for details.

Renew your licence before it expires to avoid the $10.00 late penalty.

Live on the Musqueam Indian Reserve and the University Endowment Lands? Please buy your dog licence in person or by phone.

Online

We accept VISA, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards.

Get a dog licence online

Renew your dog licence online

By phone

Call 3-1-1 to pay by credit card.

In person

Pay by credit card, debit card, cheque, money order, or cash.

Animal Control
1280 Raymur Ave

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Closed holidays

Revenue Services
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Ave

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Closed holidays

Update your dog licence information

Have you changed your address, phone number, or email? Please update your information with us.

Email animalcontrol@vancouver.ca or phone 3-1-1.

Cancel your dog licence

You will need to cancel your dog licence if:

  • Your dog has passed away
  • You gave your dog to another family
  • You don't live in the City of Vancouver anymore

To cancel your dog licence, complete our online form or phone 3-1-1.

Cancel your dog licence online

Replace a lost dog tag

A replacement dog tag costs $5.00. Request a tag by phone or in person, or online when renewing your dog licence.

By phone

Call 3-1-1 to request a replacement dog tag. Once the request is received, the department will contact you to make payment arrangements before sending out the tag.

In person

Pay by credit card, debit, or cash. We will give you a replacement tag and receipt on payment.

Animal Control
1280 Raymur Ave

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:30am to 4:00pm
  • Closed holidays

Revenue Services
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Ave

  • Monday to Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Closed holidays

Return a found dog tag

If you find a dog tag, please deliver it to any community centre or public library branch in Vancouver, or at Animal Control. It will be delivered to the owner.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:
604-873-7000

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The benefits of a dog licence include:

  • 97% of licensed lost dogs are returned to their owner.
  • If we pick up your lost dog, they will get a free ride home, once per calendar year.
  • Your licence fee helps our shelter care for lost and injured animals, and supports pet adoption services.
  • Your dog is added to the Emergency Pet Registry so emergency responders know to look for your dog in a disaster.
  • Statistics collected from licensing help assess the need for dog facilities and services, like off-leash dog parks.
  • Licensing allows Animal Control Officers to respond to emergency calls of hurt or stray animals, educate the public and enforce the by-laws.
  • Licensing your dog is a legal form of ownership and shows that you are a responsible pet owner.

Licence your service dog: it's free of charge

A service dog must have a dog licence. This licence is free of charge for service dogs that have a certificate of graduation from a recognised assistant or guide training school, such as:

  • Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
  • Personal Assistance Dog Society (PADS)
  • Guide Dog Services

To get a licence for a service dog, provide a copy of the certificate of graduation.

For more information, contact 3-1-1.

Lost your dog?

Find information on what to do if your dog is missing.

Lost pets

Last modified: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:30:36

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