Animals in the City

Animals in Nanaimo, such as dogs and livestock, are regulated by the Licencing and Control of Animals Bylaw. You can find the fines, impound fees and offences related to animals in the bylaw as well.

If you need a licence for your dog, see Getting a Dog Licence.

Nanaimo has a number of Off-Leash Dog Parks to enjoy. 

Nanaimo Animal Control

Located at 1260 Nanaimo Lakes Road, the Nanaimo Animal Control officers enforce the Animal Control Bylaw as well as operate the Pound & Adoption Centre for the City of Nanaimo.

To report an incident occurring in the City of Nanaimo please call 250-616-0233.  For after hours emergencies listen to the recorded message for instructions

For animal control in the Regional District of Nanaimo please call Coastal Animal Services at 1-888-754-1397

For more information regarding animals within the City of Nanaimo, please visit their website at Nanaimo Animal Control

Frequently Asked Questions

Chickens/Ducks how many am I allowed to have on my property?? And info

The number of chickens or ducks that can be kept in the City of Nanaimo depends on the size of your property:

  • Less than 450m2 (0.11 acre): no more than 4 chickens or ducks
  • Less than 1 acre: no more than 6 chickens or ducks
  • 1 acre or more: no maximum

No roosters may be kept on any property less than 1 acre

A minimum enclosure of 4 square feet per chicken or duck must be provided

Any structure containing poultry, whether portable or stationary, is subject to the setback requirements of the zone

Structures housing poultry must be kept clean, dry, and free from odours

Areas within and surrounding any structure housing poultry must be kept free from vermin

Any diseased chicken or duck must be killed and the carcass destroyed

No slaughtering of chickens or ducks may occur on the property

Chicken and duck manure and waste products must be composted or disposed of to prevent odours

Chickens or ducks are not permitted within a dwelling unit

Poultry may not stray or trespass anywhere other than the property of the owner and may not roam on any un-fenced land

Failure to comply with these conditions can result in fines of up to $100 per day. The impound fee for any poultry found at large is $10 and the board fee is $5 per day.

Other Poultry

Domesticated fowl such as geese, turkeys and quail are permitted to be kept on properties of at least one acre. They may not stray or trespass in any public place or on any private property and may not graze on unfenced land.

When a dog defecates in a park or on a boulevard, is the owner required to remove the feces?

Yes, the City of Nanaimo does have a feces removal bylaw and persons in violation are liable to a fine of up to $50.00

Are there care standards for dogs and other animals?

Yes. There are regulations regarding confinement in vehicles, tethering and transporting animals.  Please contact Animal Control for further information

Where do I obtain emergency veterinarian service?

There is one emergency veterinary clinic that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Central Island Veterinary Emergency Hospital at 6550 Metral Drive. They can be reached at 250-933-0913.

What do I do if I witness an animal being abused?

Note all the circumstances, time, place, etc. and call the SPCA Cruelty Hotline at 1-855-622-7722. 

Who do I contact regarding dead animals?

For removal of dead animals on all City streets, please call the Animal Shelter 250-616-0233.

For removal of dead animals on the Parkway or Provincially controlled roadways, please call Emcon Services at 1-866-353-3136. 

Should pets be spayed or neutered?

It is recommended that all animals be spayed or neutered for the well-being of the animal and to prevent unwanted pets.

Should I have my dog on a leash?

Yes, all dogs must be on a leash and under the control of a competent person when off their owner’s property. 

What is the most common problem with marine animals?
Dead seals and sea lions can wash ashore. For removal, call the Animal Shelter 250-616-0233 or the Marine Mammal Incident Reporting Hotline at 1-800-465-4336
What is the most common problem with wildlife?

Raccoons getting into garbage and deer destroying plants and trees. Raccoons are attracted to any food source. Keep garbage locked and removing any other food source can help keep raccoons away from your property. Deer can be kept out of your yard if it is fenced.

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Cruelty to Animals Contact

BC SPCA 154 Westwood Rd, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 0G9

Barking Complaints Contact

Bylaw, Regulation and Security Division 250-755-4422
250-755-4432 (Fax)

Wild Animals Contacts

Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection 2080A Labieux Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia
250-751-3100 or 1-800-663-9453 (Emergency Only)

Fisheries and Oceans Fisheries Research Branch, Pacific Biological Station 3190 Hammond Bay Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia

Nanaimo RCMP Detachment 303 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia
250-754-2345 (Non-Emergency)

Last updated: February 1, 2019

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