Why Licence Your Dog?
Licensing is a mandatory requirement of most Animal Control Bylaws.
- To lawfully keep or possess any dog over the age of 4 months in the City of Victoria, Oak Bay or Esquimalt it must be licensed.
- Property tax payers cannot be expected to pay the entire cost of operating an Animal Control and Poundkeeping service by themselves.
- Owners can be ticketed $50 to $125 per day for non-compliance.
Benefits of having a Dog Licence
- Dog licences are the fastest way to reunite you with your lost dog. Basic owner information is provided to anyone who finds a dog wearing a City of Victoria or Esquimalt dog licence tag 24/7/365. Every year hundreds of dogs are quickly reunited with their owners because they were found wearing a current licence tag and many owners got their dogs back without making a trip to the Pound or paying impound fees.
- If an unlicensed dog is impounded in the City of Victoria or Esquimalt, a $50, $100 or $150 No Licence Penalty is added to the impoundment fees.
- A dog licence indicates your pet is not a stray, it has a home and needs to be returned to its family.
- Dog licences encourage owner accountability. Licence tags must be worn on a collar when a dog is in a public place or on private property other than where the dog is normally kept.
- Dog licence fees help to offset the costs of operating an animal control and pound service, which shelters, feeds, and provides care for lost animals.
- Dog licence fees also offset the costs of providing dog waste bags in City of Victoria parks. On average 120,000 bags are taken from dispensers each month.