Buy a Dog Licence

Online licensing options

Debit cards (Interac/Visa) are not an accepted method of payment for online purchases at this time. 

Police Dog, Service Animal licences and new licence applications for the CPP-Disability (CPP-D) Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) discounts are not available online. Please visit Hamilton Animal Services or a Municipal Service Centre with proof of status to complete the application process.


You must obtain a licence for your dog from the City of Hamilton before your dog is three months old and it must be attached to your dog's collar. You must renew the licence every year. If you own, have custody of, or otherwise keep a dog without a licence, you may be charged a fine of no less than $180 and up to $10,000.

Benefits of licensing a dog

  • Saves the cost of impound and boarding fees
  • Reduces the stress a dog may experience from staying at the shelter
  • Provides for a free ride home once every 365 days, should we or the public find a dog straying from their property
  • Allows staff to contact the dog owner in case of emergency so they can make vital decisions regarding the care of their pet
  • Helps maintain leash free dog parks

Animal Services may be coming to your door!

Animal Services Licensing Officers are going door to door to educate dog owners on their responsibilities to purchase licences for their dogs.These Officers will be in uniform and carrying City photo identification with them at all times.

 

Buy or renew a licence in person at one of these locations

You can still purchase a new or renew a dog licence in person, by phone, by mail or by fax. Complete the Dog Licence Application Form (PDF, 435 KB)

Hamilton Animal Services
247 Dartnall Road, Hamilton

Hours
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm
Closed on Holidays

Municipal Law Enforcement
Hamilton City Centre
77 James Street North, Suite 250

Hours 
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Closed on Holidays

Municipal Service Centres (MSCs)
View a list of MSCs and their hours

By phone:

Call 905-574-3433 ext. 4

By mail:

City of Hamilton Animal Licensing
247 Dartnall Road
Hamilton, Ontario L8W 3V9

By fax:

Fax to 905-546-4044

If you need to make a change to your information, contact Animal Services at 905-574-3433 ext. 4.

Hours of operation

Shelter at 247 Dartnall Road, Hamilton

Monday to Friday,8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm
Closed on Holidays

Animal Services

For Animal Control Officer response, dogs at large, animals in distress or deceased animals
24 hours a day, 7 days a week  
Phone: 905-574-3433 ext. 1

Animal Licensing

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 905-574-3433 ext. 4

Lost & Found Animals

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 905-574-3433 ext. 3