About Pet Licensing
Even indoor pets can slip away and get lost. That's what a licence is for.
A pet licence is a unique ID that tells us your pet belongs to you. It allows us to reunite the two of you more quickly if your pet ever gets lost or displaced in an emergency. It even gets your companion one free ride home each year. Your pet safe and sound – to us, that peace-of-mind is priceless.
Two-Year Pet Licensing Now Available
Two-year pet licences are now available through our improved online system. Based on citizens’ feedback, the updated system has been made more robust ensuring more efficient, faster, and better performance. It’s also mobile-friendly!
Exceptions for the two-year pet licence include:
For 2019, every cat licence purchased will include an optional microchip.
Renew Licence/Update Account
Get A New Licence
It's the Law
The fine for not having a valid pet licence is $250...which is a lot more than the licence fee! All cats and dogs over 6 months of age — even indoor pets — must be licensed and you need to renew your pet licence every 12 months. As of 2019, you can also choose to renew your pet licence for 2 years.
Why License Your Pet
In addition to keeping your pet safe, your licence fees pay for a lot of important things. By licensing you are:
- Providing food, shelter, medical care and enrichment for approximately 6,000 lost pets and stray animals each year
- Supporting local rescues and shelters
- Providing emergency first-aid veterinary care to injured lost and stray animals
- Funding low income spay/neuter programs
- Maintaining Edmonton's off-leash parks
- Supporting responsible pet ownership education and enforcement and animal protection law enforcement
The City of Edmonton encourages owners to spay or neuter their pets by offering reduced licence fees.
*Exceptions to the Two-Year renewal option
- Nuisance Dog Licences
- Restricted Dog Licences
- Income Assistance
- Guide/Service dogs
- Seniors and those on income support may qualify for a half-price licence for one spayed or neutered pet per residence. Seniors may apply online.
- Certified Assistance (Guide) Dogs can be licensed free of charge.
- Licence applications for Assistance Dogs and from individuals on income support must be made in person. Supporting documentation is required to qualify for these fee reductions. Please call 311 for questions on special rates.
What You Need To Know
- The maximum number of pets allowed per residence is 6 cats and 3 dogs.
- You must be 18 or older to license a pet.
- All dogs and cats must display a City-issued licence tag when off their owner’s property. Cats with a legible tattoo or microchip are exempt; but we strongly recommend wearing the tag for visible identification.
- If you move, no longer have your pet, or your contact information changes, please let us know. Information can be updated online, in-person, or by calling 311.