It's Time to Renew your Dog Licence


Paws at City Hall to Renew Your Dog Licence

Now is the time of year to renew or purchase a dog licence. Hundreds of dogs are quickly reunited with their owners in the City of Victoria each year because they are found wearing a current licence.  It is estimated that there are between 13,000 – 16,000 dogs that reside in Victoria.  Just over 6,500 of them were licensed in 2014.

Next time you’re downtown with Max, Maggie or Murphy, stop by City Hall to renew your dog licence.  City Hall is dog friendly with a jar of dog treats and water dish always at the ready.  Photos of the ‘Dogs of Victoria’ that visit City Hall will be shared through social media.  Dog owners that renew before February 28 will save $20 and will be entered into a prize draw to win the first dog tag of the year (0001) and the associated bragging rights of owning the City of Victoria’s ‘Number One Dog’. 

Licensing is a mandatory requirement for all dogs over the age of four months. Dog licence fees help to offset the costs of operating an animal control and pound service, which shelters, feeds and provides veterinary care for lost and injured animals. These fees also offset the costs of providing dog waste bags in City of Victoria parks. Owners of unlicensed dogs can be fined up to $125 per day for non-compliance.  Learn more about dog licences and other locations to purchase them.


Wondering about which Victoria neighbourhood has the most Labs, Pugs or Chihuahuas?  

City dog licence data shows which neighbourhoods have the most licensed dogs and which breeds are most popular.

In 2014, the top 5 dog breeds were: Lab or Lab cross, Chihuahua, Golden Retriever, Shih Tzu and Jack Russell Terrier.

Labrador Retrievers are the favourite canine in most neighbourhoods, with Chihuahuas topping the popularity list in Victoria West, Hillside/Quadra, North Park and Harris Green.  The top dog in Downtown? Pugs reign supreme. 

Drooling for more?  Well, Fairfield is the neighbourhood with the most licensed dogs at 802, while Victoria West has the highest percentage of homes with a dog at 50%.  Only 9% of homes downtown own a licensed dog and that’s where Pugs are most popular.

Maps showing the top three breeds in each neighbourhood, the number of dogs licensed per neighbourhood and the percentage of homes with dogs can all be viewed here: VicMap.