Dog and Cat Registrations

Register your pet online using the following options:

Responsible Dog and Cat Owners Always Have an Up-To-Date Licence

In the City of Greater Sudbury, pet owners must purchase a licence for dogs and cats which are 12 weeks of age or over within seven days of ownership. There is a fine for having an unlicensed dog or cat.

For your convenience, the City of Greater Sudbury offers a choice of a one year licence, three year licence and lifetime licence.



Licences for spayed or neutered dogs and cats age 12 weeks and over:
Lifetime: $150
Lifetime for pet owners age 65+: $100
Three year: $60
Three year for pet owners age 65+: $50
One year: $25
One year for pet owners age 65+: $20
Replacement of lost tag (within two business days of loss) or two month licence fee between November 1 and December 31: $5.00

Licences for unaltered dogs and cats age 12 weeks and over:
Lifetime: $240
Lifetime for pet owners age 65+: $200
Three year: $100
Three year for pet owners age 65+: $80
One year: $40
One year for pet owners age 65+: $30
Replacement of lost tag (within two business days of loss) or two month licence fee between November 1 and December 31: $5.00

There is no charge to licence:

  • Registered Service Dogs or Police Work Dogs.
  • Dogs and cats placed in the care of a not-for-profit or charitable organization by the Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter
  • Groups or colonies of feral cats that are sterilized, microchipped and managed by a not-for-profit or charitable organization.

Your dog or cat must always wear its up-to-date tag unless:

  • It is indoors or on its owner’s property
  • It is a microchipped cat; however, an up-to-date licence must be produced upon request of a By-law Compliance and Enforcement Officer
  • It is a dog being lawfully used for hunting; however, an up-to-date licence must be produced upon request of a By-law Compliance and Enforcement Officer
  • It is a dog or cat undergoing medical treatment on recommendation of a veterinarian; however, an up-to-date licence must be produced upon request of a By-law Compliance and Enforcement Officer

An up-to-date dog or cat licence gives pet owners the following benefits:

  • Less worry when a pet is lost: Residents are more likely to approach a stray dog or cat if it is wearing a tag and Animal Shelter staff can contact the owner immediately
  • One free ride directly home the first time a dog or cat strays and is picked up by Greater Sudbury By-law Compliance and Enforcement: The pet will not be brought to the Animal Shelter if arrangements can be can be made to meet the owner at home
  • The knowledge of what has happened to a pet: Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter will contact owners of deceased pets collected from municipal roads if the pet can be identified

Dog and cat licence fees support:

  • Shelter and care for lost and homeless dogs and cats in the City of Greater Sudbury
  • Adoption and fostering of homeless dogs and cats brought to Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter
  • Medical care for injured and sick dogs and cats at Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter
  • 24/7 emergency rescue of sick or injured stray dogs and cats by the City of Greater Sudbury
  • Investigation of complaints about neglected, barking or stray dogs and cats by the City of Greater Sudbury

Information to have on hand when applying for a licence:

  • Home address, telephone number and email
  • Proof of age of the licence applicant (must be a minimum of 18 years old)
  • Name of veterinary clinic
  • Description of your dog or cat by name, colour and gender
  • Breed of your dog or cat
  • When you acquired your dog or cat
  • Approximate age of your dog or cat
  • Microchip number of your dog or cat (if applicable)
  • Proof of spaying or neutering (if applicable)
  • Proof of registration as a service dog or police work dog (if applicable)

For the safety of your pet, please contact us immediately if your address or telephone number has changed or your pet has moved to a new home. Call 3-1-1 or email bylaw@greatersudbury.ca

Visa and MasterCard are accepted for online applications. Your pet tag(s) will be mailed to you once your payment is received. Please note that Pet Licence fees are non-refundable once paid.

You can also register and pick up your pet tag in person at Greater Sudbury Public Libraries and Citizen Service Centres and at participating pet stores and veterinary clinics. A list of distributors is available here.