Sturgeon County - Dog Control

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Dog Bylaw Complaints

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., contact the Animal Control Officer at 780-939-8419
  • After hours calls can be directed to 780-939-8419 and will be handled through the answering service
  • Animals in distress or animal welfare issues should be directed to the Alberta SPCA at 1-800-455-9003
  • For emergencies, please contact the RCMP

Dog Licensing

Sturgeon County dog owners who reside in all multi-lot subdivisions and hamlets are required to obtain a dog licence.
2021 Dog Licences are available at a cost of $20.00 for neutered males and spayed females OR $30.00 for unaltered dogs.

Your 2020 Dog licence(s) will be valid for one year from the application date. 

Sturgeon County will notify you via email 30 days prior to your 2020 licence(s) expiring. It remains the dog owner's responsibility to ensure that their dog has a current licence. Due to the change in 2016, you will not receive a new tag - you will simply renew your licence. Call 780-939-4321 to purchase/renew your dog license with your credit card or visit County Centre and pay in-person. Please ensure you review the license information and update your address and phone numbers as required so we can reunite lost animals with their owners.


Click here to purchase/renew your dog licence online with your credit card or visit County Centre and pay in-person. 

You can login using your fire permit or bulk water profile, otherwise you will need to create a new profile first. Call 780-939-4321 for assistance. 

The dog licence application form is also available here >> Dog Licence Application or at Sturgeon County Centre.

Why does your dog need a licence?

The most important reason your dog should have a licence 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 ($250).

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.



Sturgeon County Animal Control Officers make every effort to identify dogs using tags on their collar, microchip, or tattoos. If the dog cannot be identified, it is brought to the Edmonton Humane Society.

The Edmonton Humane Society is located at:
13620 163 St. NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Phone: 780-471-1774

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.

Vicious Dogs

Bylaw 1352/15 now includes stricter guidelines for owners of dogs that are deemed “Vicious”, including mandatory confinement, control, signage, and licensing.

Nuisance Dogs

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.