Dog Licencing

Have you adopted a four-legged furry friend this year? Or did you already have a fuzzy buddy in your household?

Licencing Update

2021 dog licences for the City of Courtenay are now available.

All dogs over six months old living in the City of Courtenay need to have a dog licence. Licences expire each year on December 31 and must be renewed annually.

Dogs must wear their licence affixed to a collar or harness at all times. Households are permitted up to three dogs.

How to get a Dog Licence

 At this time, City Hall remains closed to drop-in visits due to COVID-19. There are two options to request a City of Courtenay dog licence and make payment:

1)      Drop off a cheque with your name and details (see required details below) in the bill payment slot at the Courtenay City Hall main entrance, or send by mail to Courtenay City Hall, 830 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2J7; or,

2)      Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). Please contact City Hall for more information on the EFT option. Please note, EFT is not the same as Interac e-Transfer. 

With your payment information, please include your name, address and phone number, as well as your dog’s name, breed, colour, and gender. For first-time licencing, please include proof of spay/neuter status from your veterinarian.

City staff are available to assist you by phone or email. Please call 250-334-4441 or email

Revenue from the dog licence program helps fund the City’s contract with the SPCA; and by having a dog licence, it will be easier to reunite you with your best buddy if he or she goes missing. You’ll also avoid an “unlicenced dog” ticket, which starts at $100 for a first offence.

Dog Licence Description Fee
Unneutered male or unspayed female $25 annually
Neutered male or spayed female $5 annually
Replacement licence or dog tag $2
New City of Courtenay residents with a valid dog licence for the current year from another municipality $1 for the remainder of the year


For further information

Read the Animal Control Bylaw [PDF - 43 KB]

BC SPCA: What to expect when caring for a dog