Getting a dog licence

All dog owners must ensure they have a licence and renew it annually.

In Vancouver, all dogs and service dogs over three months of age must have a dog licence. Review the benefits

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

Buy a new licence

  • $49 (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

Renew a licence

  • $49 (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

Update or cancel a licence

  • Update your address or contact information, add a 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
  • Request a refund by:
    • Returning the dog tag by mail or in person
    • Providing a certificate from the veterinarian by mail, email, fax, or in person, if the dog was euthanized

Refunds take 6 to 8 weeks to process.

Update or cancel a licence online

Replace a lost tag

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

Request a replacement tag online 

Transfer a licence

  • Provide proof of your valid licence from the other municipality
  • Expiry date will be the same as the pre-existing licence
  • $6 (tax included)


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

Dog licences

Other ways to buy a licence

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