Pet licences are affordable, available online, and ensure that the City can contact you if we find your pet.
All cats and dogs 6 months and older must be licensed. The fine for having an unlicensed animal is $250.
View the License your Pet publication.
Getting a Pet Licence
Pet licences can be purchased and renewed a few ways:
- By fax or mail.
- In person at the Animal Care & Control Centre (13550 - 163 Street) or on the 5th floor of HSBC Bank Place (10250 – 101 Street).
Licences expire one year from the date of issue.
Updating a Pet Licence
Please notify us either online or by calling 311 if you no longer have your pet, are moving, or have new contact information. You can also provide us with your pet's new tattoo or microchip information.
Keeping your pet licence information current ensures that if we find your pet, we can easily identify them and contact you quickly.
Pet Licence Fees
The pet licence fee structure encourages owners to spay or neuter their pets, to reduce the high number of unwanted cats and dogs.
If you are a senior citizen or on social assistance, you qualify for a half-price pet license. This rate applies to only 1 cat or dog per residence, and the pet must be spayed or neutered.
|Licence Fees (non-refundable)||Cats||Dogs|
|Restricted dog (convicted of chasing, attacking, or biting people or other animals)||n/a||$250|
*Puppies and kittens less than 6 months old do not require a licence.
The following regulations apply to pet licences:
- Cats must wear collars with a City-issued licence tag or be permanently marked with a tattoo or microchip.
- Dogs must always wear collar tags.
- Collar tags are not stamped with a year and are not replaced annually, unless they have become illegible or are lost.
- The maximum number of pets allowed per residence is 6 cats and 3 dogs.
- You must be 18 or older to license a pet.
Services Licence Fees Support
Your licence fee allows us to:
- Feed, shelter and provide medical care for over 8,000 lost pets each year.
- Support the adoption of unclaimed pets.
- Return lost pets by tracing their identification and contacting their owners.
- Return licensed pets once in a 12-month period without the normal charges, under our "Free Ride Home" program.
- Provide emergency first-aid veterinary care to injured pets.
- Educate pet owners about responsible pet ownership.
- Help neighbours resolve their pet-related problems.
For more information:
Animal Care & Control Centre
13550 - 163 Street
In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311