The Dangerous Dog Review Tribunal provides an independent review of Dangerous Dog Orders issued by the City’s Municipal Licensing and Standards Division under section 15.1 of the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349, Animals.

The Tribunal hears appeals from dog owners who are served with an order to comply with a Dangerous Dog Order and has the authority to confirm the determination of a dangerous dog order or rescind the determination and exempt the owner from compliance. In making a decision, the Tribunal may consider whether a dog was acting in self-defense when the dangerous dog act occurred.

The City Clerk’s Office provides administrative support for the Tribunal.


The Dangerous Dog Review Tribunal is established under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and is governed by Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 349, Animals.

The Tribunal operates with the rules set out in the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, 1990.

The Tribunal consists of five public members appointed by City Council through the City’s Public Appointments process.  City Council appoints the Tribunal’s Chair from among its members.

Find out about opportunities to serve on the Dangerous Dog Review Tribunal and its current membership.

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