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Animal Licensing and Control

The City of Nanaimo has established rules and regulations to control pets and other animals within the City. These regulatory rules have been established by Council through various policies and bylaws to provide for the enjoyment and protection of the community's general population.

Enforcement of the animal control policies and regulations for the City has been contracted to the Nanaimo Animal Shelter. Staff routinely patrol parks and enforce the animal control and parks bylaw.

Did you know? 

100% of the fees collected for Dog Licensing goes back to the Animal Shelter for the care, protection and potential adoption of the animals.

When do I require a dog licence and what are the fees?

Dog licences are valid for the calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.

For every dog, the license fee is $30.00. This fee will receive a discount of $5.00 if paid on or before February 28th of the licensing year.

If a person becomes the owner of a dog after July 1st of the licensing year, the fee shall be $20.00

All dogs require a licence after 12 weeks of age.

Renewal Notices are mailed out annually in January.


For questions or concerns about Dog Licensing please call:

Nanaimo Animal Shelter - City Pound (Dog Licences Available)

1260 Nanaimo Lakes Road

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5P4

Phone: 250-616-0233


City of Nanaimo (Dog Licences Available)

Collections Department

411 Dunsmuir Street

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6

Phone: 250-755-4415


S.P.C.A. (Cruelty to Animals)

2200 Labieux Road

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5K4

Phone: 250-758-8444


BYLAW SERVICES  (Barking Complaints)

411 Dunsmuir Street

Nanaimo, BC V9R 5J6

Phone: 250-755-4422

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