Pet Licences

The City of Prince Rupert supports pet ownership as a right of the people who live here. Our pet bylaws have been enacted to ensure that animals kept in our community are properly cared and accounted for, and do not impede the health and safety of others. 

Dog owners in Prince Rupert are required to licence their pets, as per our Dog Control Bylaw, which also lays out a number of other provisions related to health and safety in the community. 

For more information, see our informational brochure: 

Dog Ownership Brochure 

Or see highlighted excerpts from the Bylaw below: 

300) Every person within the City who owns or keeps a dog shall obtain a valid license, by applying in writing to the Bylaw Officer on the form provided and paying the prescribed fee set out
300.1) Upon application and payment of all prescribed fees, the bylaw officer shall issue to the owner of a dog, a numbered license tag, stamped for the current year, and the owner shall securely affix and keep affixed, the license tag to the dog's collar.
400) No owner of an animal shall permit the animal to be at large in the City or to trespass on any private property.
401) The number of dogs is limited to a maximum of three within any household
402) Notwithstanding designated off leash areas as provided for in this Bylaw, every person who owns, keeps or has custody, care or control of a dog, shall keep the dog on leash and under control while on any highway, school property, park or other public place in the City.
403) Every person who has care, custody or control of a dog in a public place, or on any highway, school property, park or private property other than their own residence, shall:
403.1) carry a plastic bag or other impermeable means to pick up and properly dispose of any excrement left by their dog.
No Dog license 10 (a) $55.00
Failure to affix license tag 11 (b) $55.00
Dog at large 13 $85.00
Unleashed dog in park 15 (a) $55.00
Dog excrement not removed from public place 15 (b) $55.00
Barking dog 2 (iv) $100.00
Previous Animal control Bylaws No. 3070 and 2430 may be viewed in entirety at the City Hall Administration Office.

Restricted Dogs:


The following are deemed to be " Restricted Dogs " and shall include any dog of mixed breeding which includes, but is not limited to the following breeds: 
  1. Pit Bull
  2. Pit Bull Terrier
  3. American Pit Bull Terrier
  4. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  5. American Staffordshire Terrier
  6. Cane Corso
  7. Italian Mastiff
  8. Presa Canarios
  9. Fila Brasileiro
  10. Argentinean Dogo
  11. Any dog which as the appearance and physical characteristics predominantly conforming to the standards for any of the above breeds as established by the Canadian Kennel Club, or the American Kennel Club, or the United Kennel Club and as determined by a veterinarian licensed to practice in the Province of British Columbia.


Dog License Fees:


Type Fee
Dog $70
Dogs - Sterilized With Certification** $40
Vicious Dogs $250
Restricted Dogs $250
Restricted Dogs - Sterilized With Certification** $200
Vicious Dogs - Sterilization With Certification** $200
Special Needs Dogs  N/A
All Dogs Under 6 Months (Certified by a Veterinarian)**


Replacement License Tags $10
Kennel License  $120
Warning Signage - Included in Restricted/Vicious Dog License N/A


* All fees listed are for a single dog, per year, commencing in January 2008 
** Certification required from a qualified veterinarian

Impoundment Fees:


Category 1st Offence 2nd Offence Subsequent Offences
Licensed Dogs $50 $85 $135
Unlicensed Dogs $90 N/A N/A
Vicious Dogs $250 $500 $1000
Restricted Dogs $250 $500 $1000
All Other Animals $50 N/A N/A


Maintenance Fees During Impoundment:


For each 24 hour period or fraction thereof of impoundment, after the first or initial 24 hour period of impoundment:
Type Fee
Dogs $15
Vicious Dogs $25
Restricted Dogs $25
Other Animals $15


Removal, Disposal, and Cremation Fees:


Category Burial Cremation
Dogs - 50lbs and under $125 $90
Dogs - 51lbs and over $150 $110
Cats $75 $55




Type Fee
Dogs or Cats $40
All Other Animals $50