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Pet Licences & Renewals

Update: Responsible Pet Ownership Program to go to Council

On Jan. 8, 2013, Council will consider the proposed Responsible Pet Ownership Program. To see the full details going before Council, see Report on Responsible Pet Ownership at right. This Report recommends:

  • That Council approve suggested updates to the Animal Control (see current By-law) and Fees and Charges Bylaws (current fees are outlined below) aimed at promoting Responsible Pet Ownership through the purchase and use of pet tags. New proposed fees are outlined in the Report.
  • That staff explore an online pet identification program and compare the costs and advantages/disadvantages of creating the program in-house as opposed to contracting to a service provider, and;
  • That staff provide recommendations regarding an online pet identification program to the Administrative Policies Committee at its regular meeting to be held in June 2013.

City Bylaw 2004-144 requires the registration of all dogs older than 20 weeks living in any part of the city, and all cats older than 20 weeks living in the urban area.

A pet identification licence is to be renewed for Jan. 1 of every year. Pet owners receive new tags when they renew pet licences.

Pet identification tags allow strangers and Animal Control officers to identify a pet that has gone astray. When a pet licence is renewed, your pet's records are automatically updated. Your pet's record includes his or her address, rabies vaccination, tattoos, and other identifying information.

Want to know more? We have answers to many animal and pet control questions. Fee schedules are at the bottom of this page.


If you have already registered a pet, you will have receive a Pet Tag Renewal Reminder. The reminder lists all pets associated with your name and address.

You can now renew existing registrations online. You'll need the Renewal Notice Number from your Pet Tag Renewal Reminder and a Visa or MasterCard to use the online eCity/Pet Tag Renewal service. (Note: A shipping and handling charge of $1.50 will be applied to your invoice.)


If you have a new pet, or are registering a pet for the first time, you will need to fill out the Pet Registration Form [PDF 51KB].

New registrations and offline renewals can be delivered in person or by mail to:

  • City Hall, Payment Centre, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3. (Include a self-address stamped envelope when submitting by mail in order to receive your tags.)

You can also bring new registrations and renewals in person to:

  • The Kingston Humane Society, 1 Binnington Court.
  • Participating veterinary clinics and pet stores, including: McEwen Animal Hospital, Princess Animal Hospital, Global Pet Foods, Collins Bay Animal Hospital and the Frontenac Animal Hospital, Pet Valu Better Pet Nutrition Stores and Sims Animal Hospital.

For new registrations, the following information is required:

  • Complete name and address of owner
  • Evening and daytime telephone number of owner
  • Pet's name, breed
  • Proof that pet has been neutered or spayed to obtain a reduced tag fee
  • Pet's date of birth
  • Vaccination Record

For additional help, you can contact the Licensing and Enforcement Division by calling 613-546-4291, ext. 3150, or sending an e-mail to licensing@cityofkingston.ca

Note: Since Aug. 25, 2005, pit bulls have been regulated under the province's Dog Owners Liability Act. Learn more about its regulations on the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General website.

Fee Schedule


Registration Fees Due Annually By Jan. 1

Dog: Neutered or Spayed


Dog: Intact (Not Neutered or Spayed)


Guide dogs

No charge

Kennels (1)


Cat: Neutered or Spayed


Cat: Intact (Not Neutered or Spayed)


Late Payment Fee


Tag Replacement Fee


ESD (Online Payment) Administration Fee


(1) For new registrations, contact the office for details: call 613-546-4291, ext. 3150, or contact us by email.

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