Animal Control & Licences

City parks and public spaces are regularly patrolled by Victoria Animal Control Services to ensure all dogs, and dog owners, are acting responsibly so everyone can enjoy public spaces. Victoria Animal Control Services has been contracted to enforce the City's 11-044 Animal Responsibility Bylaw, Bylaw No.11-044.

To report an animal control issue, call Victoria Animal Control Services at 250.414.0233 email or check the Animal Concerns & Complaints Call List 

Dog Licences

All dogs over the age of four months are required to be licensed in the City of Victoria.

Why license your dog?

  • A dog licence is identification.
  • Dog licences are the fastest way to reunite you with your lost dog. Hundreds of dogs are quickly reunited with their owners in the City of Victoria each year because they were found wearing a current licence.
  • Licensing is a mandatory requirement for all dogs over the age of four months. Current year dog tags must be displayed when in a public place or on private property other than the owner's.
  • Dog licence fees help to offset the costs of operating an animal control and pound service, which shelters, feeds and provides care for lost and injured animals. Dog licence fees also offset the costs of providing dog waste bags in City of Victoria parks.
  • Owners of licensed dogs avoid paying an additional penalty if their dog is impounded.
  • Owners of unlicensed dogs can be fined up to $125 per day for non-compliance.

How to License Your Dog

You can renew your dog licence online or at various locations around the city. 

NOTE: If you are licensing your dog for the first time, please visit one of the locations below in person to purchase a licence. 

If your dog is neutered or spayed, please bring in documentation of this to receive your reduced rate.

2023 City of Victoria Dog Licence Vendors

A Pet's Life  2019 Cadboro Bay Rd. 250.592.3301
Bosley's Pet Foods 491 Burnside Road E. 250.385.6411
Castle Building Centre 220 Bay St. 250.595.1225
Castle Building Centre 1720 Cook St. 250.384.8181
City Pets Animal Clinic 3019 Shakespeare St. 250.370.1950
Creatures Great and Small 770 Bay St.  250.382.3329
Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre 2275 Quadra St. 250.361.0732
James Bay Community Centre 140 Oswego St.  250.389.1470
Oak Bay Pet Clinic 1826 Oak Bay Ave. 250.598.4595
Paws on Cook 200 Cook St.  250.888.9399
Ross Bay Home Hardware 1584 Fairfield Rd.  250.598.7224
Victoria Animal Control Services 564 David St.  250.414.0233
Victoria City Hall 1 Centennial Square 250.385.5711

 2023 Licence Fees

January and February  March to December 
Neutered or Spayed Dog – $30     Neutered or Spayed Dog – $50
Unaltered Dog –  $40 Unaltered Dog –  $60