Pet licences are required for all dogs and cats living in the City of Toronto and include a pet tag at no additional charge. Pet licences are valid for one year and must be renewed prior to the expiration date. Failure to license a dog or cat every year may result in a $240 ticket or a maximum fine of $5,000.

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Pet Licensing Fees
 Pet/Tags Regular Fee
Dog (spayed or neutered) $25.00
Dog (not spayed or neutered) $60.00
Cat (spayed or neutered) $15.00
Cat (not spayed or neutered) $50.00
Service dog No charge
Replacement tag $5.65

Special Rates

  • Pet owners age 65+ receive 50% off pet licence fees. (Senior rate does not apply to replacement tags).
  • Households with income of less than $50,000 will qualify for subsidized or waived fees. Call 416-338-7297 or email for more information.
  • When licensing a Certified Guide or Assistance Dog for the first time, please call 416-338-7297 or email for more information. Future renewals may be done online once the status is verified.
  • If your pet has been designated a dangerous dog, please visit a Toronto Animal Services location if this is your first year of dangerous dog designation.


Licences expire exactly 365 days from the licence start date. You can renew your pet’s licence within 60 days of your pet’s current licence expiration date. If you renew prior to the upcoming expiration date, your pet’s new licence will start the day after expiration, not on the date of purchase.

If your pet has been spayed/neutered since your last pet licence was purchased, contact 1-855-249-1370 to adjust your pet’s profile to the appropriate status if your pet has been spayed or neutered.

Additional Policies

Refunds may be granted for a licence if a pet passes or is returned within 30 days of the licence purchase.

If you are moving with the city of Toronto, please be sure to update your address by logging into your online account and navigating to your Profile Settings page. You’ll still be able to keep your pet’s tag and access your pet’s online account. If you are moving outside of Toronto, please get in touch with the pet licensing provider in the new community to find out more information.

Where the Money Goes

100% of your pet licensing fees go directly to help the animals that come into our shelters yearly.

  • Licensing fees support:
  • Food, shelter and spay/neuter of animals in our care
  • 24/7 emergency animal rescue services
  • Returning lost pets to their homes
  • Veterinary services to animals in our care
  • Rescuing sick, injured and/or distressed domestic animals and wildlife
  • Spay/neuter programs
  • Getting pets adopted by new families
  • Investigating animal care issues
  • Keeping neighbourhoods safe for people and pets

See ways to license your pet for more information.