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Find information on dog licensing in Surrey, including how to add a new licence or renew an existing licence. 

During COVID-19, Dog Licensing services at City Hall are available by appointment-only. Payments and new purchases can be completed online.

If you have any questions, contact 604-592-2601 or doglicensing@surrey.ca

All dogs over the age of 3 months living in Surrey must have a current licence. Dogs are required to wear their dog licence at all times. It must be affixed to a collar around the dog’s neck. 

Any unlicensed dog can be impounded for failure to have a dog licence.

Dog Licences are valid from January 1 to December 31. Dog Licence Renewal Notices are sent out at the beginning of December and are due on February 2, 2021.

No more than 3 dogs can be licensed to a property at one time, unless a hobby or commercial kennel licence has been issued.

Online Dog Licensing Services

You can register for a dog licence, make changes to an existing account, and renew your dog licence online.


Applications for the following dogs must be completed in person or by mail:

  • BC Guide and Service Dog
  • Police Dog
  • Dog deemed guard, aggressive, vicious or dangerous* (see below)

Dog Licensing Fees

Fees for licences differ depending on whether or not:

  • The dog is spayed or neutered
  • The owner is a senior citizen (65 or older)
  • The dog is a registered service dog
  • The dog is considered guard, aggressive, vicious or dangerous*

Proof of spay/neuter and/or senior citizen status must be provided to the City of Surrey to receive the reduced fee.



 Type of Dog Annual Fee
 Dog Male/Female  $80.00
 Dog Neutered Male/Spayed Female  $50.00
 Owner Senior - Dog Male/Female  $40.00
 Owner Senior - Dog Neutered Male/Spayed Female  $25.00
 Dog Deemed Guard/Aggressive*  $150.00
 Dog Deemed Vicious*  $227.00
 Dog Deemed Dangerous*  $567.00


Paying by Mail or In Person

By mail

Mail your completed Dog Licence Application Form and payment to Surrey City Hall - 13450 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 1V8.

Payments by cheque are accepted and made payable to City of Surrey.

In person

Limited due to COVID-19, an appointment to pay in person is required.


Dog Licensing Benefits

Dog licensing in Surrey is primarily used for insuring dog identification and proof of ownership. Dog licensing also provides us with statistics that can be used when assessing and developing dog facilities and services, such as off-leash dog parks.

The funding from dog licensing is used when responding to hurt or stray animals in emergencies, pet adoption services, public education related to pet ownership, and enforcement of pet ownership bylaws.


Dog Classifications

Aggressive Dogs

An Aggressive Dog means a dog that:

  • displays aggressive behaviour toward a person or animal; or
  • has caused a minor injury to a person or animal while unprovoked.

Guard Dogs

A Guard Dog means a dog that:

  • is specifically trained for or used primarily for the purposes of guarding property, including residential, commercial and industrial property.

Vicious Dogs

A Vicious Dog is a dog that:

  • has caused an unprovoked, serious injury to a person or animal; or
  • has a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack without justifiable provocation; or
  • has on more than one occasion caused a minor injury to a person or animal; or
  • has, while running at large and unprovoked, aggressively pursued or harassed a person or has a demonstrated a tendency to do so as deemed by an Animal Control Officer or Animal Shelter Manager.

Dangerous Dogs

A dog may be considered dangerous if:

  • It has attacked, bitten, caused injury to a person on private or public property, or has shown tendency to do so.
  • It aggressively pursues or harasses a person or domestic animal while at large.
  • The dog has attacked, bitten, killed, or caused injury to a domestic animal, or has aggressively pursued or harassed a domestic animal while off leash.

What to do if the City of Surrey considers your dog dangerous:

  • Keep the dog in a six-sided pen when not in the house.
  • Keep the dog muzzled and on leash when off the property and under the control of a competent person.
  • Expect to pay a higher dog licence fee.

Fines for not following the regulations for dangerous dogs are severe.

Learn more about your responsibilities as a dog owner in Surrey.

For any questions, please contact Dog Licensing at doglicensing@surrey.ca or 604-592-2601.

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