Pet regulations and fines

Chickens

Animal Control Officers (ACOs) are responsible for enforcing the Animal Control Bylaw. The bylaw regulates a range of topics, including:

  • Off-leash dogs (outside of designated off-leash areas)
  • Unlicensed dogs
  • Aggressive animals
  • Banned animals
  • Backyard chickens

Depending on the specific circumstances, a violation of the bylaw may result in:  

  • A Warning Notice (an "AC notice")
  • A Bylaw Violation Notice (a BVN)
  • A Municipal Ticket Information (an MTI)
  • A Prosecution Report (a long form ticket)

The penalties range from a warning or a fine to prosecution in court. 

Add information to a complaint file

If you have information to add to any animal complaint file, contact Animal Control at 3-1-1.

You will need to provide contact information (work, home, and cell phone numbers) so that staff may follow up if they need to.

Contact Animal Services

1280 Raymur Ave
Vancouver, BC V6A 3L8

Fax: 604-871-6862
animal.services@vancouver.ca

Animal Services hours

Pet adoption and redemption

Daily, noon to 6pm
By appointment only, email animal.services@vancouver.ca

All areas are closed on holidays.

Dog licensing

Online only