Dog ownership in Strathcona County

Dog Control Bylaw

Part of being a caring dog owner includes being a responsible dog owner. Here are some things to know about owning a dog in Strathcona County.

Strathcona County's Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw came into effect January 1, 2018. Find out more.

Licensing your dog is easy and important in the return of lost dogs.

Where dogs are allowed and not

You must have your dog on a leash and keep control of your dog when off your property in rural areas and in Sherwood Park. 

Dogs on leash are permitted on most trails in parks.

Dogs are not permitted under any circumstances:

  • in playgrounds 
  • in floral gardens
  • on tennis courts
  • on spray decks
  • at the Broadmoor Public Golf Course
  • at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre

Deermound Off-leash Park

At the off-leash area, you can walk your dog without a leash; however, you must be able to control your dog using verbal commands. Enjoy this natural parkland and remember to pick up after your dog.

Lost dogs

If your dog is wearing its licence tag, we will use the information in our records to try and contact you before the dog is impounded. Dogs are impounded at the Edmonton Humane Society for only four consecutive working days, after which time they become the property of the Edmonton Humane Society.

If you've lost your dog, or you've found one, call 780-449-0170.

Dogs at large in rural areas

If you are experiencing stray dogs on your property, you may borrow a trap free of charge. Call 780-449-0170 to arrange.

Cleaning up after your dog

You are responsible to pick up after your dog and dispose of the droppings in a garbage container. It's as easy as keeping a few plastic bags in your pocket.

Keeping the peace

If your dog is crying, barking or howling, it is probably a concern to people who live near you. It's up to you to make sure your dog does not disturb your neighbours.

Penalties under the bylaw

If you do not abide by the dog control bylaw, you could be fined. Fines are for first-time offences. Fines increase for subsequent offences.

Fine for not having a dog licence

  • Any dog - $250
  • Dangerous dog - $500

Examples of other fines

  • Dog barking or howling excessively - $150
  • For not picking up your dog's droppings i- $150
  • Unsecured dog in vehicle - $100
  • Dog in distress - $250

A full list of offences and fines can be found in the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw.


  • Dog control, licensing, lost and found, complaints, over-limit permits: Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services, 780-449-0170
  • Dogs in parks, off-leash area: 780-416-6729
  • Permit application for animal breeding and/or boarding facilities, hospitals or shelters: 780-464-8080
  • Edmonton Humane Society

The Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw (37-2017)  is also available for review at Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services, 911 Bison Way, Sherwood Park. A copy of the bylaw can also be purchased at Enforcement Services for $.35 per page.

Disclaimer: This webpage includes information relating to the Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw. This information has no legal status and cannot be used as an official interpretation of the bylaw. Strathcona County accepts no responsibility for persons relying solely on this information.

Further information:
Enforcement Services

Last updated: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Page ID: 37533