Getting a dog licence

Buying a licence online

 If you live on the Musqueam Indian Reserve or the University Endowment Lands, buy your dog licence in person or by phone.

Buying a new licence

  • $47 (no tax) per dog, per year
  • Pay with Visa, Mastercard, or American Express

Buy a new dog licence online

Get details on licensing a service dog for free

Renewing a licence

  • $47 (no tax) per dog, per year
  • Pay with Visa, Mastercard, or American Express
  • Renew before your licence expires to avoid a $10 late penalty

Renew your licence online

Updating or cancelling a licence

  • Update your address or contact information, add a new family member, or add information about your dog
  • Cancel if you have moved out of Vancouver, gave your dog to another family, or your dog has passed away

Update or cancel a licence online

Replacing a lost tag

  • $6 (tax included)
  • Replace any time, or wait until you renew your licence

Request a replacement tag online 

Transferring a licence

  • Provide proof of your valid licence from the other municipality
  • Expiry date will be the same as the pre-existing licence
  • $5 (tax included)


Dog licences are not transferable to other owners. The new owner must apply for a new licence.

Other ways to buy a licence

Licensing a service dog for free

A service dog must have a dog licence. 

To get a free licence for your service dog, you must provide a valid copy of the Guide Dog and Service Dog Certification from the Province of British Columbia upon licensing.

Benefits of licensing your dog

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% 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.

Returning 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.

Lost your dog?

What to do if your dog is missing or you find a stray dog.

Finding and reporting lost pets

Contact Animal Services

1280 Raymur Ave
Vancouver, BC V6A 3L8

Fax: 604-871-6862

Animal Services hours

Pet adoption and redemption

Daily, noon to 6pm
By appointment only, email

All areas are closed on holidays.

Dog licensing

Online only