Dog licences

Responsible Dog Ownership

Nearly 2,000 residents provided input into the County’s new Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw , approved by Council on September 5, 2017. The new bylaw focuses on owner responsibilities through incentives and enforcement.

This new bylaw is in effect as of January 1, 2018.

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Dog licence fees and incentives

The licence year runs from April 1 - March 31.
All dogs residing in the County 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.
    • If you have a new dog, you are required to obtain a licence within 30 days of acquiring the dog.  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, microchipping and/or obedience training certificate, if applicable.

Incentives

  • The first licence is free for the licence year (but be sure to still register your dog).
  • A dog owner who microchips their dog (from the year 2017 on) will have one FREE year of dog licensing.
  • A dog owner and dog that successfully complete obedience, recall or similar County-approved training (from the year 2017 on) will have one year of FREE dog licensing. 
  • A dog that has been microchipped AND has gone through obedience training with its owner (from the year 2017 on) will have TWO free years of dog licensing.

Dog licence fees

First licence year for your new dog

FREE

Licence year following electronic identification microchip for a dog

FREE

Licence year following the owner and dog successfully completing obedience, recall or similar training approved by Strathcona County

 

FREE

Two licensing years following when the owner meets both microchipping and approved training in the same licence year

 

FREE

Service Dog (as defined in the Alberta Service Dogs Act SA 2007, Chapter 7.5)

FREE

Rescue dog (temporary care of a rescue organization)

FREE

Progeny (puppy) not older than six months

FREE

Spayed or neutered yearly fee

$35

Non-spayed or non-neutered yearly fee

$70

Over-limit permit yearly fee

(over-limit permits are required for more than three dogs for residences of five acres or less; and for more than five dogs for residence over five acres)

$70

Dangerous dog yearly fee - if deemed a dangerous dog by Strathcona County

$750

Replacement dog tag

$5

 

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 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 a dog licence

Dog licence renewals can be paid through:

  • major banks, online banking or telephone banking. Arrange for this type of payment through your bank. Use your dog licence tag number(s) as your account number(s).  When paying an over-limit fee, add the additional $70.00 to an existing dog tag number.  NOTE:  Please make separate bank payments for each dog tag.
  • 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.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed Sundays and statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-449-0170
Email: dogrenewals@strathcona.ca
Payment at Enforcement Services may be made by cash (exact change), 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 (exact change), cheque or debit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Why did the bylaw need to be changed?

The current Dog Control Bylaw has been in place since 2006.  There was a need to update the bylaw and focus more on responsible dog ownership.

Q:  How was the public consulted during the bylaw review?

Nearly 2,000 residents provided input into the County's new Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw (37-2017), approved by Council on September 5, 2017.  Find out more.

Q:  What are the major changes?

The new bylaw focuses on owner responsibilities through incentives and enforcement.  

Incentives: The new bylaw features incentives to promote responsible dog ownership.  For example, to assist officers in returning dogs to their homes, owners who microchip their dogs will receive a dog licence fee waiver for one year.  In addition, owners who complete a recognized dog training course will also be eligible for a fee waiver for one year.  Owners who microchip and complete a dog training course in the same year will be eligible to have their dog licensing fees waived for two years.

Enforcement: Public feedback also provided clear direction on raising fines for repeated offences, such as failing to supervise and maintain control of a dog in an off-leash area, failure to remove defecation when off the owner's property, excessive dog barking and leaving a dog in distress.  Under the new bylaw, in most cases, offences start at $100 and are doubled for a second offence in the same year.  The fine doubles again for the third (or more) occurrence of the same offence in the same year.  Serious offences such as dog attacks, bites and injury result in mandatory court appearances.

Increasing dog limits: The new bylaw increases the dog limit from two to three dogs for properties up to five acres in size, and five dogs for properties over five acres in size before an over-limit permit is required.  A summary of considerations for an over-limit application is also included in the new bylaw.

Dangerous dogs: As part of public safety, owners of dogs deemed dangerous have new requirements including mandatory microchipping and obtaining insurance to cover injuries caused by a dangerous dog.

Appeals: There is also a new ability to residents to appeal decisions through the General Appeals and Review Committee, made up of citizens who evaluate whether an Enforcement Services decision is in line with community views on the presented facts.

Q:  How many dogs can I have?

A dog owner can have up to three (3) dogs for residences of five acres or less; and up to five (5) dogs for residences over five acres.  A dog owner may apply for an over-limit permit ($70 yearly fee, per extra dog).  The over-limit fee is renewable annually.  Strathcona County considers the following information when reviewing over-limit applications (refer to the bylaw for full details):

  • The applicant's residence is reasonably able to accommodate more than the permitted number of dogs
  • The applicant has special skills or qualifications for handling more than the permitted number of dogs
  • The applicant has not been convicted or under the investigation for bylaw offences
  • The applicant is operating a foster dog residence, houses service dogs in training and, has progeny (puppy under six months of age), etc.
  • The applicant is moving from a location where the number of permitted dogs was higher

Q:  How do I file a complaint about a dog?

Concerns about dog and/or dog owner behavior can be directed to Enforcement Services at 780-449-0170.  For concerns relating to excessive barking, view our  bark log (432.4 KB)

Q:  Where can I find a listing of County-approved obedience courses?

 

Q:  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.

Q:  How is a dangerous dog defined?

A dog is declared to be dangerous if the dog is the subject of an order under the Dangerous Dogs Act (or similar enactment); the dog is subject of conviction for injuring, harming, attacking or killing a person or animal; has inflicted a serious wound on a person or animal; has known likelihood to harm, attack, injure or kill another animal or person.  The annual licence fee for a dangerous dog is $750.

Q:  How can I appeal a decision?

Decisions made concerning dangerous dog declarations, over-limit permits and overall conditions/restrictions on a dog licence can be appealed in writing to the Chief Commissioner not less than seven (7) days after the date on which the owner was served notice of the Chief Commissioner's decision.  The Commissioner will deliver the notice of appeal to the General Appeals and Review Committee, with records and information upon which decision under appeal was based.  The decision by the General Appeals and Review Committee is final, subject to judicial review by the Courts. Please contact Enforcement Services for complete details.

Q:  What about cats?

Strathcona County does not have a cat bylaw, and there are currently no plans to create a cat bylaw. Tips on cat control can be found here.

Q:  Who do I call if I have questions?

Please call Strathcona County Enforcement Services with any questions relating to responsible dog ownership at 780-449-0170 or email dogrenewals@strathcona.ca 

Disclaimer

This webpage has been prepared for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Strathcona County assumes no responsibility for the use of the information on the website.

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

Last updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
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