Why License Your Dog?


Licensing is a mandatory requirement of most Animal Control Bylaws.

  • To lawfully keep or possess any dog over the age of 3 months in the City of Nanaimo it must be licensed.

  • Owners can be ticketed $50 per day for non-compliance.

  • Dog licences are the fastest way to reunite you with your lost dog. If your dog is found wearing a tag, the finder can call the on-duty officer 24/7 and we can call you right away and connect you to the finder. Every year hundreds of dogs are quickly reunited with their owners because they were found wearing a current licence tag and many owners got their dogs back without making a trip to the Pound or paying impound fees.

  • If an unlicensed dog is impounded, a $100 penalty is added to the regular impound fees.

  • A dog licence indicates your pet is not a stray, it has a home and needs to be returned to its family.

  • Dog licences encourage owner accountabilitiy. Licence tags must be worn on a collar when a dog is in a public place or on private property other than where the dog is normally kept.

  • Dog licence fees help to offset the costs of operating an animal control and pound service, which shelters, feeds, and provides care for lost animals.

Where to Buy a Dog Licence




























The following locations sell dog licences. If you already have a licence tag for your dog and need to renew, you can pay online through the City of Nanaimo's Online Payment System. You will need your account number. If you don't have your account number, phone our office at 250-616-0233 and we can provide it for you.

  • Nanaimo Animal Control Services Pound & Adoption Centre
    1260 Nanaimo Lakes Rd.   (250) 616-0233

  • City of Nanaimo Service and Resource Centre
    411 Dunsmuir St.   (250) 754-4251

Licence Fees

Licence fees are due January 1st of each year and are valid for the calendar year in which the fee is paid. Dog owners received renewal notices from the City of Nanaimo in January of each year.

  • If purchased before February 28: $25

  • If purchased after February 28: $30

  • A new dog or new resident licensing after July 1: $20

Use of Your Information

Personal Information (name, address, phone number) collected on a Dog Licence Application is kept for the following purposes:

  • to identify the owner of a dog

  • to verify the current status of a dog licence

  • to assist the Poundkeeper and Animal Control Officers carry out their duties and responsibilities

Personal information is collected and kept for the following purposes: to identify the owner of a dog, to verify the current status of a dog licence, and to assist Animal Control Officers to carry out their duties and responsibilities. For questions regarding the collection of this information contact the Manager of Bylaw, Regulation & Security, City of Nanaimo Service and Resource Centre, 411 Dunsmuir Street, Nanaimo, BC. (250) 755-4466.

Due to COVID-19, the ways in which you can purchase dog licences have changed. There are now four ways you can license your dog:

Online: If you already have a tag and need to renew your licence for the current year, you can pay through the City of Nanaimo website by clicking here. If you need your account number, call us at 250-616-0233.

By phone: Call our office at 250-616-0233, and we will set up an account for you and email you an invoice that you can then pay through the City of Nanaimo website. Once your payment has come through, an Officer will drop off a tag at your door.


From the pound: The facility is closed to the public, but we can help you outside the building during our regular business hours. You can come to the animal shelter at 1260 Nanaimo Lakes Rd and call us at 250-616-0233 from the parking lot to let us know you are outside to purchase a licence. We can accept cash, debit, or credit.


At your door: You can also call our office at 250-616-0233 to make arrangements for an Animal Control Officer to sell you a licence at your door. Officers can accept cash or credit.

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