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Licensing a cat or dog

All cats and dogs over three (3) months of age and residing in Calgary must be licensed with The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services. An animal licence enables Animal & Bylaw Services to return your missing cat or dog to you and it tells strangers your lost pet is not a stray and needs to be returned to his family. If you do not license your cat or dog, you could face a $250 fine. Please refer to the following pages for more details: obtaining a new licence, animal licensing renewal dates, renewing an existing licence or renewing an expired licence.

What does a one-year cat or dog licence cost?

As of January 1, 2012 the cost to license a cat or dog is as follows:

Puppies (3 months to under 6 months old)


Altered dogs over 6 months old (spayed or neutered)


Unaltered dogs over 6 months old (not spayed or neutered)


Kittens (3 months to under 6 months old)


Altered cats over 6 months old (spayed or neutered)


Unaltered cats over 6 months old (not spayed or neutered)


How do I purchase or renew a licence?
​​​​​​Licensing a cat or dog

  • Use our online form.
  • Visit the Animal Services Centre in person at 2201 Portland Street S.E.
  • Call 3-1-1 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (outside of Calgary).
  • Go to The City of Calgary Property Tax, Business Tax and Animal Licensing counter on the third floor of the Municipal Building (800 MacLeod Trail S.E.).
  • Mail in a completed Animal Licence Application and cheque to:
The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services
P.O. Bo 2100, Station M, #36
Calgary, AB, T2P 2M5

Why was I billed for a licence period greater or less than 12 months?

The renewal notice you received will be for a period anywhere between 7 to 18 months. The reason for prorating your licence is to place you in the correct billing month based on the first letter of your surname (similar to a vehicle registration renewal).  After this first prorated renewal, provided there hasn’t been a surname change, your subsequent licence renewals should be for 12 months only.

Does my pet have to wear their licence?

  • Dogs must wear their licence tags whenever they are off their owner's property even if they have a form of permanent identification such as a tattoo or microchip.
  • Cats must wear their licence tags if they have no form of permanent identification, or if they have tattoos that are no longer legible.
  • If a cat has permanent identification such as a microchip or legible tattoo they are not required to wear their licence tag.

What does my licence fee pay for?

Your animal licence fee enables Animal & Bylaw Services to provide the following services:

I Heart My Pet Rewards Program

In order to thank responsible pet owners who license their cats and dogs, Animal & Bylaw Services offers the I Heart My Pet program. This rewards program provides pet owners with discounts from various partnering vendors.

Discontinuation of the Licensing Second Notices

Starting February 15, 2012, Animal & Bylaw Services is no longer mailing a Second Notice. This is a result of our commitment to create a more environmentally friendly and cost efficient invoicing process.

As a result, pet owners will only receive one Notice through the mail 30 days prior to the licence expiration date. 

Pet owners can participate in helping Animal & Bylaw Services create greater efficiencies by calling 3-1-1 and having their email addresses added to their pet’s file. In the future we hope to be able to use an email rather than mail process.  

Thank you for your assistance.  Licensing helps Animal & Bylaw Services reunite lost pets with their owners.


To learn more about the importance of licensing your cat or dog please watch the videos Shaw TV - Licensing Campaign and Shaw TV Segment - Pet Licensing.