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

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.

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 pets
  • Maintaining Edmonton's off-leash parks
  • Supporting responsible pet ownership education and enforcement

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

Cats Fees

Spayed/Neutered  $21

Non-spayed/Non-neutered $76

Replacement Tag $15

Dogs Fees

Spayed/Neutered $36

Non-spayed/Non-neutered $76

Nuisance Dogs $100

Restricted Dogs $250

Replacement Tag $15

Certified Assistance (Guide) Dogs can be licensed free of charge.

Replacement Tags

$15 per tag

Fee Reductions
  • 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.
  • 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.

What You Need To Know
  • The maximum number of pets allowed per residence is six cats and three 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.

You must have your account number in order to access your pet information. If you don't know your account number please contact 311 for assistance.

Online License Application

Licence Renewals and Updates

Through your Pet Profile account you can:

  • Update your contact information
  • Make changes to your licence
  • Request replacement tags
  • Renew the licence annually
  • Cancel your licence if you no longer have pets

Access Pet profile


You will not be able to use the online application in any of these situations:

  • You are applying for a reduced fee because you receive Income Assistance
  • Your dog is "Restricted" as defined under the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw
  • Your dog is "Nuisance" as defined under the Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw
  • You are applying for a Guide/Assistance dog exemption

If any of the above apply to you please call 311 for further information.

New Pet Licence

You can use our self serve application to obtain a new licence for your pet if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Know the birth date of your pet or an approximation.
  • Know your pet's microchip or tattoo number, if applicable.
  • Know 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).
  • Have a credit card for payment. (Visa Debit, Debit Mastercard or Interac online are not accepted)

license Your Pet

Other Application Methods

Apply In Person

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW

Monday to Friday 8am-4:30pm

Animal Care & Control Centre
13550 163 Street NW

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

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


In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Fax 780-496-8824

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