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Animal & Bylaw Services

Our Mission and Philosophy

The mission of Animal & Bylaw Services is to encourage a safe, healthy, vibrant community for people and their pets, through the development, education and compliance of bylaws that reflect community values. We strive to obtain voluntary compliance to municipal bylaws by using education first and then enforcement. As a result of this approach, our responsible pet ownership philosophy and cat and dog licensing programs are viewed as models for municipalities across North America.

Our Role

Bylaws are essential to the development and maintenance of safe, healthy and vibrant communities, and they help Calgarians live in harmony with their neighbours by setting minimum standards for acceptable behaviour. The role of Animal & Bylaw Services is to help develop bylaws and educate the public about responsible pet ownership and responsible citizenship. Our role includes:

What common bylaws do pet owners and property owners need to know about?

  • The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw (23M2006): This bylaw allows Animal & Bylaw Services to work with Calgarians to ensure that cats, dogs, their owners and neighbours live together in safety and harmony. This bylaw contains regulations for cats, dogs and livestock living in Calgary.
  • The Community Standards Bylaw (5M2004): This bylaw allows Animal & Bylaw Services to partner with Calgarians to create healthy, safe and vibrant communities by addressing nuisances, including untidy properties. This bylaw contains regulations for property owners and property maintenance. 
To find out more information about Calgary’s other bylaws you can search bylaws by topic (i.e. cats, dogs).

Frequently asked questions

For a list of frequently asked questions about Animal & Bylaw Services visit our frequently asked questions page.