Buy a Dog Licence

Animals and Pets Register your pet for $20 from Ren's Pets

Hamilton Animal Services and Ren’s Pets wish to encourage dog and cat owners to licence and register their pets.

  • Ren’s Pets will generously reward pet owners with $20 to spend at Ren’s Pets with each registered pet (up to 4 pets).
  • Bring your printed Hamilton Animal Services Licence Certificate receipt with the Ren’s Voucher to any Ren’s Pets location to redeem your $20
  • You must sign up for Ren’s Rewards (Free to join!) to redeem your reward

Online licensing options

Visa/Debit and MasterCard/Debit Cards are now an accepted method of payment for online purchases.

Buy a NEW dog licence
Renew a dog licence
Get a replacement dog tag
Update your information for a dog licence file

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Are you looking to change the ownership on your dog licence? 
Complete a change of animal ownership form (PDF, 100 KB) & email to [email protected]

Current ODSP & CPP-D recipients can renew licences online.

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.  Service Animal licences must be completed with the proper documentation in person at Hamilton Animal Services.

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 $75 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, 817 KB). If you need to make a change to your information, contact Animal Services at 905-574-3433.

Hamilton Animal Services
247 Dartnall Road, Hamilton

Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday - 10 am to 2 pm
(excluding holidays)

Municipal Law Enforcement
330 Wentworth St N, Hamilton
Mondays and Wednesdays, 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

By mail:

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

Hours of operation

Shelter at 247 Dartnall Road, Hamilton
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm
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

Animal Licensing
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 905-574-3433

Lost & Found Animals
Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Phone: 905-574-3433