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Licensing Your Dog

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Every dog living in Richmond Hill needs their owner to purchase an annual licence for them. Tags are easy to get, cost effective and provide a number of benefits for both pet owners and the community.

Get Yours Today!


Benefits of Licensing

  • Licensing is an important part of being a responsible pet owner in Richmond Hill

  • Licensing provides your dog with a ‘free-ride home’ should they get lost, saving you the cost of impound fees and reducing the stress your dog may experience

  • Licensing and up-to-date vaccinations go hand-in-hand, building a safer community for all residents

  • Licensing fees are used to support Animal Services initiatives including education and awareness


    Licences also get you and your dog into the two great off leash dog areas in Richmond Hill!

    dog with collar and leash on grass


    What do I need to get a licence?

    1. The owner’s contact information (name, address, phone number)

    2. The dog’s information (name, breed, colour, sex, age)

    3. Documentation that the dog has been spayed or neutered (if applicable)

    4. Date of last valid rabies vaccination


    Where do I purchase a licence?


    Richmond Hill residents can purchase dog licences at the following locations.

    For a map of licence sales locations, visit RHMaps and choose Dog Licence Locations from the drop-down menu.
  • Local community centres in Richmond Hill, including the M.L. McConaghy Seniors’ Centre
  • Canyon Hill Animal Hospital - 11000 Yonge Street
  • Dandy Doggy Pet Shop - 13130 Yonge Street golden retriever in snow
  • Don Head Village Animal Clinic - 737 Carrville Road
  • Global Pet Foods - 1070 Major Mackenzie Drive, Unit 109 and 126 Tower Hill Road
  • Pet Chateau - 11491 Leslie Street
  • Pet Valu Stores - 9325 Yonge Street and 10850 Yonge Street
  • Tower Hill-Bathurst Animal Hospital - 372 Tower Hill Road, Unit 10
  • Tru Pet - 10520 Yonge Street
  • Town of Richmond Hill Municipal Offices - 225 East Beaver Creek Road, 3rd floor
  • OSPCA - 16586 Woodbine Avenue, Newmarket

    *Printable applications can also be accessed here, completed and mailed to the Municipal Offices


    What are the current licence fees?


    2015 Dog Licence Fees Rate for Each Dog Reduced fee for Seniors
    Spayed/Neutered $20 $10
    Not Spayed or Neutered $50 $25
    Puppies (Under 6 months) $20 $10
    Source: Tariff of Fees By-law as amended

    *Dog licences are valid from January 1 to December 31 each year.


    Replacement Tags

    If you purchased a tag in the current calendar year and it has gone missing from your dog’s collar, you are eligible to purchase a replacement tag. Replacement tags cost $5.00 and can only be purchased at the Municipal Offices located at 225 East Beaver Creek Road or by mailing in the printable dog licence application found above. If possible, attach or bring with you the white receipt from the original tag purchase.


    Community Vendor Information

    If you are a Richmond Hill pet business and would like to sell pet licences on behalf of the Town, contact Animal Services by email at bylaw@richmondhill.ca for more information and to obtain a Pet Licence Vendor Program Application Form.
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