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New! Changes to 2016 Dog Licensing
All Sturgeon County dog owners who reside in all multi-lot subdivisions and hamlets are required to obtain a dog license. 2016 Dog Licenses are available at a cost of $20.00 for neutered males and spayed females OR $30.00 for unneutered males and unspayed females.
Previously, dog owners would receive a new tag each year. After 2016, you will not receive a new tag; you will simply renew your license online or at Sturgeon County Centre.
Why does your dog need a license?
The most important reason your dog should have a license is so that if he goes missing, you have a higher chance of being reunited. As long as the dog is licensed and is wearing his tag, he is identifiable. In addition, if you fail to license your dog, you could face an "unlicensed dog" fine ($100).
Remember that payments can now be made using the online service portal.
Why do you have to pay a dog licensing fee?
The licensing fee enables Animal Control to provide necessary services.
Animal Control Officers enforce the dog control bylaw to ensure all residents are adhering to the Bylaw 1352/15 which keeps members and dogs in the community safe. Animal Control Officers respond to calls from residents which include requests for help with animals, dangerous animals, animals in distress, and/or complaints. Officers have the ability to write tickets and lay charges that require a pet owner to appear in court.
Log onto the Sturgeon County Online Services Portal to license your dog today!
Dog Bylaw 1352/15
Dog Bylaw 1352/15 was amended on November 10, 2015, to allow potential provisions for Sturgeon County Council to designated certain areas as “off-leash areas”. No areas in Sturgeon County have yet been designated as off leash.
The Bylaw applies to all multi-lot subdivisions and hamlets within Sturgeon County. Every resident being the owner of a dog residing in all multi-lot subdivisions and hamlets, is now required to obtain a license by applying through the County office.
2016 dog licenses are available December 1, 2015 at a cost of $20.00 for neutered males and spayed females OR $30.00 for unneutered males and unspayed females. Application forms are available on the forms page under "Protective Services" as well as on our online portal.
Bylaw 1352/15 now includes stricter guidelines for owners of dogs that are deemed “Vicious”, including mandatory confinement, control, signage, and licensing.
All Sturgeon County dog owners now face an offence and possible fine for allowing their dog to be a “nuisance”. Under Bylaw 1352/15.
Fines under this section range from $300 to $1,000.
Nuisance and Vicious Dog guidelines apply to all dogs in Sturgeon County.