The first step to responsible dog ownership is licensing your dog. All dogs over the age of six months must be licenced every year with the City of Coquitlam. A dog licence helps protect your pet by providing an easy-to-identify dog tag and registration with the Coquitlam Animal Shelter. If your pet is lost anywhere in the world, the fastest way to be reunited with your dog is by this dog tag and the licence.
Dog licence fees also help fund the Coquitlam Animal Shelter which protects and finds homes for stray animals in the city, and help pay for animal control and regulatory services associated with pet ownership.
Bylaw Notice Violations (tickets) will be issued if your dog is found unlicenced. A minimum penalty for an unlicenced dog is $150.
Dog Licence Renewals
Purchase or renew a Dog Licence before Feb. 1 and receive a discounted rate. See more information below.
The City will send a Dog Licence Renewal in December when your dog tag needs to be renewed. You can sign up to receive your renewal notice by email; register for a myCoquitlam account or simply add your dog account to an existing myCoquitlam account. You must have your Account Number and Access Code to register. If you don’t know your Account Number or Access Code, call the Animal Shelter at 604-927-7387 (604-927-PETS) or email the Shelter. Please remember to notify us if you change your contact info, move away or no longer have your dog, so that we may update or deactivate your dog licence account.
Make changes to your account online by visiting our Online Dog Licence Application. Here you can apply for a new dog, remove a dog, provide spayed or neutered documents, request a new dog tag or upload an image of your dog.
The cost of licensing your pet depends on whether or not it is spayed or neutered - a reduced licence fee is charged for spayed or neutered dogs. You must provide proof of spaying or neutering to receive the discounted licence rate. A discount on licence fees is available until Feb. 1. Discount fee also applies for any newly acquired dogs.
If you have been asked by a Bylaw Officer to purchase a licence by a specific deadline or to comply with a Notice of Violation, please assure that the licence is purchased in-person by that specific date. You may also ask for an extension to your deadline. Failure to comply with the deadline may result in fines being mailed to you.
Payment made in person can be:
By mail, please attach payment by cheque or money order with a completed application. Licence fees are not refundable or transferable.