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Dog Licences - Current Bylaw

Dog Control Bylaw

Strathcona County’s new Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw will come into effect January 1, 2018. Find out more.

Love your dog, license your dog Licensing your dog is an important part of being a caring and responsible dog owner. It's easy and the best insurance to have your dog returned should it ever get lost.

Licence year

The licence year runs from April 1 - March 31.
All dogs are required to have a valid licence. Dog licences are valid for one year. If you purchase a licence mid-year, the licence will expire at the end of the licence year.

  • If you have a dog licence with Strathcona County, watch for your renewal notice arriving by mail in late February to early March.
  • If you no longer have a dog that was previously licensed, it is important to notify us of the change.

First licence

If you have a new dog, you are required to obtain a licence within 15 days of acquiring it. First licences must be obtained in person at one of the four locations listed below. For a first licence, be sure to bring documentation of neuter or spay, if applicable.

First licenses are free for the licence year.

Dog licence fees

First licence year for your new dog


Certified assistance (guide) dog


Spayed or neutered yearly fee


Non-spayed or non-neutered yearly fee


Over-limit permit yearly fee


Vicious dog yearly fee - if deemed a vicious dog by Strathcona County


Replacement dog tag


Dog licence fees allows us to:

  • return lost dogs by tracing their identification and contacting their owners
  • return licensed dogs once in a 12-month period for free, under the free "return to owner" program
  • provide food, shelter and care for lost dogs
  • support the adoption of unclaimed dogs
  • transport dogs whose owners cannot immediately be contacted to the Edmonton Humane Society (where impound charges apply)

How to renew

Please note: the advertised online payment option (through the County) is not yet available, due to technical difficulties. We apologize for the delay.

Other payment methods

Dog licence renewals can also be paid through:

  • major banks, online banking or telephone banking. Arrange for this type of payment through your bank. Use your dog tag number as your ID or account number as required.
  • by mail: Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services
    911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park, AB T8H 1S9
    (Please make your cheque payable to Strathcona County.)
  • In person at the addresses listed below:

Strathcona County Enforcement Services
911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Phone: 780-449-0170
Payment at Enforcement Services may be made by cash, cheque, debit, MasterCard or Visa.

North Contact Office
55305 Range Road 214, east of Fort Saskatchewan
(South of Highway 15, on the east side of Secondary Highway 830)
Monday to Thursday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Payment at North Contact Office may be made by cheque only.

South Contact Office
22142 South Cooking Lake Road, South Cooking Lake
Tuesday to Friday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 780-400-3880
Payment at South Contact Office by cheque only.

County Hall (Assessment and Tax)
2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Payment at County Hall may be made by cash, cheque or debit.

Frequent questions

How to replace a lost dog tag

Dogs must always wear their tags. Collar tags are not dated and are not replaced annually. If your dog's tag is lost or illegible, you can replace it. Visit Strathcona County Enforcement Services.

What is the free "return to owner" program?

A current licence allows an Enforcement Services Officer to contact the owner and return the lost dog.

A free return is offered to each dog once per year at the discretion of the Peace Officer provided no other complaints had been received about the dog within the calendar year.

How many dogs can I have?

In any County household, a maximum of two licensed dogs are permitted without an over-limit permit.

Over-limit permit

You may apply for an over-limit permit to keep more than two dogs. The cost for the permit is $70. The permit is renewable annually. The over-limit permit can be revoked for violations of Dog Control Bylaw 85-2006. An over-limit dog permit may be obtained in person at Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services, 911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park. It may take up to several days to process a request for an over-limit permit. Payment is only required for permits that are granted.

Further information:
Strathcona County Enforcement Services
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Phone: 780-449-0170

Last updated: Wednesday, September 06, 2017
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