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Licensing a cat or dog


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License your pet online

Now licensing your pet online is easier than ever. By registering online you will be able to:
  • Purchase or renew your pet licence;
  • Pay using Interac or any major credit card;
  • Make changes to your pet's information;
  • Go paperless and receive email reminders;
  • Order a replacement tag if it is lost;
  • Sign up for automatic renewal payments;
  • Update your contact information.
 Visit our licensing site.

Cost of an annual animal licence

All cats and dogs over three months of age and residing in Calgary must be licensed with The City of Calgary. If you do not license your cat or dog, you could face a $250 fine.

Licensing Fees

​Fee Description ​Fee for Dogs ​Fee for Cats
Unaltered male or female animal $​65.00 ​$38.00
​Altered male or female animal ​$40.00 ​$18.00
​Unaltered animal under the age of 6 months at the time the license is purchased ​$40.00 ​$18.00
​Vicious animal license ​ ​$283.00
​Nuisance animal license ​ ​$112.00


For information on what an animal licence pays for, please visit our benefits of licensing a cat or dog page.

Other ways to license your pet

License your animal in person

You may purchase a new cat or dog licence in person at:

  • The Animal Services Centre; or 

  • Property Tax, Business Tax and Animal Licensing counter
    Third floor of the Municipal Building
    800 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary

Payment can be made with cheque, cash or debit card. 

License your animal by phone

To obtain a new cat or dog licence by phone please call 311 from within Calgary or call 403-268-CITY (2489) from outside of Calgary.

Payment is accepted using VISA, MasterCard or American Express credit cards.

Note: If you wish to pay using a pre-paid credit card, please ask the 311 operator to transfer your call to Animal Services.

Transfer your animal licence

If you sell or give away your cat or dog, you must complete an animal licence transfer.  This allows us to document the change in ownership and allows the new pet owner to licence the cat or dog.  

Transfer of ownership must be done in person at the Animal Services Centre.

Fines for making false declarations on your licence form

Under the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, citizens do not need to provide a copy of a spay/neuter certificate to qualify for a reduced licence fee.
However, if you make a false declaration regarding the licensing of an animal you could face a $500 fine.