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Dog Licences


Pursuant to By-law No. 95-302 entitled "A By-law to provide for the licensing and regulating the keeping of dogs," all canine owners are required to purchase a licence.  The By-law regulates the responsibilities of the dog owner and penalties for non-compliance.

Dogs Running at Large and Leashing

  • All dogs in the City must be leashed or otherwise physically controlled when in any place other than the premises of the owner
  • The leash is not to exceed three metres and must be secured by the handler
  • Complaints should be directed to the Lincoln County Humane Society at 905.682.0767.

Maximum number of dogs

As per the City's by-law, there is a limit of three dogs per dwelling in the city of St. Catharines.

Barking Dogs

  • Complaints, in writing, setting out the facts and identifying the name and address of the dog owner should be forwarded to Legal and Clerks Services at 905.688.5601 ext. 1521

Removal of Animal Waste

  • Dog owners must remove feces from public and private property immediately
  • Complaints should be submitted in writing to Legal and Clerks Services, providing the name and address of the dog owner in contravention of the
    By-law. Complaints can be sent to:
Legal and Clerk Services 
City Hall
50 Church St., 
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C2.

Muzzling of Vicious Dogs

  • Complainant must complete and sign an affidavit of the facts surrounding the alleged vicious dog bite to another domestic animal or person
  • Affidavit must identify the dog, the owner and the owner's address
  • The City Clerk determines and declares a dog to be vicious and notifies the owner by Registered Mail, requiring the dog to be muzzled and restrained
  • The owner of the vicious dog can apply for a public hearing held before City Council to appeal the declaration


  • Dog Licenses expire December 31 of each year with the deadline for renewal being January 31 of the following year.
  • Those purchasing after the deadline are subject to a late fee
  • A Dog Licence can be purchased in person or by mail at:

Citizens First, Second Floor 
City Hall
P.O. Box 3012,
50 Church St.,
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C2.

Corporate Support Services maintains a registry of all licensed dogs within the City of St. Catharines.

Call 905-688-5601, ext. 1416, if you have moved or you no longer have your dog.


 For each male or female dog (non-spayed or non-neutered)


 For each spayed or neutered dog (veterinary certificate required)


 Dogs under six months old


 Late Fee ( After Jan 31)


 Replacement Dog Tag


 Registered Kennel Owner




Licences for Dogs Purchased After June 30
(proof of purchase required)



For each male or female dog (non-spayed or non-neutered)


For each spayed or neutered dog (veterinary certificate required)


photo of a dog running with a ball in its mouth
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