Buy or manage a dog licence

License and leash your dog

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

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Benefits of a dog licence

Being a responsible pet owner has its perks – not just for your dog, but for other dogs in Vancouver, too!

  1. You're more likely to get your dog back if it goes missing. Did you know that 97 per cent of lost, licensed dogs are returned to their owners?
  2. If we pick up your missing dog, it gets a free ride home once per calendar year.
  3. Your dog goes on the emergency pet registry so emergency responders know to look for your dog in an emergency.
  4. Lost and injured animals get cared for and pets get adopted with funding from your dog licence fee.
  5. Dog facilities and services like off-leash dog parks are assessed using dog licensing statistics.
  6. We respond to hurt or stray animals in emergencies, educate the public, and enforce pet rules with funding from your dog license fee.

Buy or renew a dog licence

Dog licences cost $40.00 each per year (tax included) and are valid 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.

Vancouver Animal Shelter
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

Replace a lost dog tag

When you licence your dog you will be issued a lifelong tag. A replacement dog tag costs $5.00 (tax included). 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, Animal Services will contact you to process the payment before mailing the tag.

In person

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

Vancouver Animal Shelter
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

Update your dog licence information

Please update your information with us if you:

  • Moved within the City of Vancouver
  • Changed your telephone number or email address
  • Would like to add a family member to your account
  • Have microchip or tattoo information
  • Recently spayed or neutered your dog

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

Return a found dog tag

If you find a dog tag, please drop it off at Animal Services, Vancouver City Hall, or any community centre or public library branch in Vancouver. It will be returned 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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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, 27 May 2015 17:44:40

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