Dog Licencing in the City of Nanaimo

Attention:  New Bylaws come into effect January 1, 2022

Renewals for 2022 Dog Licencing will be mailed in the coming weeks, due by February 28, 2022

The new Bylaws coming into effect that speak to Dog Licencing can be found here:         

To ensure you are charged the correct fee, as they are changing, please click Request a Dog Licence Change and let us know if your dog has been spayed or neutered.  This will determine the levy in which you are charged for your 2022 Dog Licence.  The fee changes are outlined in the Bylaw link above. 

As per Bylaw No. 7316 - Animal Responsibility Bylaw, Part 4, points 16-25 and 26-30 (for aggressive dogs) all dogs that reside within the City of Nanaimo's city limits must be licenced. 

If you do not live directly in the the City of Nanaimo's limits you are NOT required to licence your dog(s) with the City of Nanaimo.  Please check with the municipality that you reside in to see if one is to be purchased through them.

Fact:  100% of the fees collected go toward the costs of operating the Nanaimo Animal Shelter, including care and adoption!!

You can now apply for a Dog Licence online by clicking the link below.  You will be able to experience the convenience of obtaining a Dog Licence whether it be adding a new dog to an existing account, you’ve just moved to the City of Nanaimo or this is your first time owing a dog within the City of Nanaimo!

Here is what will happen when you apply online:

  • Completed application will be sent to the City of Nanaimo Finance Department upon submission
  • Finance Department staff review your application and create/update your account
  • You will then receive an invoice via email with instructions on how to pay
  • Once payment is received, a Dog Tag will be issued and sent with a receipt of payment via Canada Post mail

That's it!!  Click Apply for a New Dog Licence to apply


Why licence your dog?

  • Owners can be ticketed $50 per day for non-compliance
  • Dog licences are the most effective way to reunite you with your lost dog. If your dog is found wearing a tag, the finder can call the on-duty officer 24/7 and we can call you right away and connect you to the finder. Every year hundreds of dogs are quickly reunited with their owners because they were found wearing a current licence tag and many owners got their dogs back without making a trip to the Pound or paying impound fees
  • If an unlicensed dog is impounded, a $100 penalty is added to the regular impound fees
  • A dog licence indicates your pet is not a stray, it has a home and needs to be returned to its family
  • Dog licences encourage owner accountability. Licence tags must be worn on a collar when a dog is in a public place or on private property other than where the dog is normally kept
  • Dog licence fees help to offset the costs of operating an animal control and pound service, which shelters, feeds, and provides care for lost animals

Dog Licence Information

  • Dog Licence Purchase Options & Locations

  • Dog Licence Fees

  • Dog Licence - What is required

  • Dog Licence Renewal - Info and ways of payment

  • Found a Dog on the loose? What to do

  • Dog Tags and Replacement Tags

  • Service Dogs within the City of Nanaimo

  • Dangerous or Breed Specific Legislation

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