Who needs a dog licence?
Every person who owns or harbours a dog in the City of Windsor is required under By-law 245-2004 to register the dog and purchase a dog licence.
- A dog tag is to be securely fixed on the dog at all times until the tag is renewed or replaced.
- Failure to renew a dog licence before the February 1st deadline will result in penalties and/or possible charges under By-law 245-2004.
- A maximum of three (3) dogs per home is allowed.
Purchasing In Person
Due to COVID-19, the Licensing Division at City Hall is currently closed for all in-person licence transactions.
Or purchase at the following locations (please inquire regarding current hours before visiting):
Renewing By Mail
Mail a cheque or money order (payable to the City of Windsor) along with your completed renewal form to the following address:
Dog Licence Fees
New Dog(s) or First-Time Dog Owner(s):
Within ten (10) days of becoming the guardian of a dog two (2) months of age or older, you must obtain a dog licence. Please see first column in the chart below for fees under column marked "Purchased Before Feb. 1."
Before February 1st of every year, you must renew your dog licence(s) or be subject to late fees. Please see both charts under all columns.
Renewal Fees for Dog Licences (on sale Dec 1)
|1st Spayed or Neutered
|2nd Spayed or Neutered
|3rd Spayed or Neutered
|1st Unaltered male or female
|2nd Unaltered male or female
A copy of the Spay/Neuter Certificate must be provided at the time the licence is purchased.
Pit Bulls (Restricted Dogs)
Restricted Dog Licences (Pit Bull-type of dog) have different regulations and may be purchased in person at all regular locations, by mail or online. Please contact 519-255-6200, Option 1 for more details.
By-law 245-2004 prohibits the Pit Bull breed of dog. As stated in the by-law, "Pit Bull" means:
(i) Pit Bull Terrier, or
(ii) Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or
(iii) American Staffordshire Terrier, or
(iv) An American Pit Bull Terrier
(v) Any dog which has 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 or as determined by a veterinarian licensed to practice in Ontario.
Licences for Restricted Dogs are issued on a renewal basis only to those who purchased a dog licence prior to September 30, 2004.
Renewal Fees for Restricted Dogs Only (on sale beginning December 1)
|1st Restricted Dog
|2nd Restricted Dog
For more information, contact 311.