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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 may even get your companion one free ride home each year. Your pet safe and sound — to us, that peace-of-mind is priceless.

In 2020, cats who are licenced are eligible to receive a microchip. Please call 311 to make an appointment to get your cat’s microchip.

License Your Pet

Purchase or renew your pet's licence online!

What You Need To Know

  • Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are accepted.
  • You must be 18 or older to license a pet.
  • The maximum number of pets allowed per residence is 6 cats and 3 dogs.
  • Before you begin using the online system it is helpful to know:
    • the birth date of your pet (or an approximation)
    • if your pet has been spayed or neutered. If they have, please provide the date of their surgery as well as the name of the clinic where the surgery was performed (if available)
    • your pet's microchip or tattoo number, if applicable

Note:  If you are applying for a reduced fee because you receive Income Assistance, your dog is ‘Restricted’ or ‘Nuisance’ as defined by the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw or you are applying for a Guide/Assistance dog exemption, please do so in person with all necessary supporting documents.

Fees and Fines

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. The City of Edmonton encourages owners to spay or neuter their pets by offering reduced licence fees.

The fine for not having a valid pet licence is $250...which is a lot more than the licence fee! 

Fee Reductions

  • Seniors and those on income support may qualify for a half-price licence for one spayed or neutered pet per residence. (Validation must be provided.) Seniors may apply online
  • Certified Assistance (Guide) Dogs can be licensed free of charge. (Validation must be provided)
  • 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

Please note that pet licence fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable once paid.

Cats Fees

  Annual Two-Year (NEW)
Spayed/Neutered $22 $44
Seniors/Income Assistance $11 *
Non-Spayed/Neutered $77 $154
Replacement Tags $15
*Exception to the Two-Year renewal option
  • Income Assistance

Dogs Fees

  Annual Two-Year (NEW)
Spayed/Neutered $37 $74
Non-Spayed/Neutered $77 $154
Nuisance Dog $100 *
Restricted Dogs $250 *
Seniors/Income Assistance $18.50 *
Guide/Service Dogs Free *
Replacement Tags $15
*Exceptions to the Two-Year renewal option
  • Nuisance Dog Licences
  • Restricted Dog Licences
  • Income Assistance 
  • Guide/Service dogs

Where Do My Licence Fees Go To?

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

If you move, no longer have your pet, your contact information changes, or you no longer have your pet, please let us know.  Information can be updated online, in-person, or by calling 311.

License Your Pet

Purchase or renew your pet's licence online!

Other Application Methods

Apply In Person

Animal Care & Control Centre
13550 163 Street NW

Monday to Friday 8:30am-6pm
Saturday 9:30am-5pm
Sundays 11am-5pm
(Closed on Holidays)

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW

Monday to Friday 8am-4:30pm

Apply By Mail

Pet owners also have the option of applying, renewing or make information changes for a licence via mail.

Pet Licence Application

Please make cheques payable to "The City of Edmonton" (post dated cheques are not accepted).

Mailing Address:

Animal Care & Control Centre
Attention: Pet Licensing
13550 163 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5V0B2

For More Information

Animal Care & Control Centre

13550 - 163 Street
Edmonton, AB

Facility information and hours

Online Contact 311

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-8824

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