Welcome to Animal Licences!

Animal Licences and Tags

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.

Free pet licences are available for the following:

  • Registered Service Dogs, Service Animals 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.

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

  • Less worry when a pet is lost. People 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
  • The first time your dog or cat strays and is picked up by By-law Compliance and Enforcement it will not be brought to the Animal Shelter if we can arrange to meet you at home. (No fee).
  • Knowing what has happened to your 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

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
    • Home address, telephone number and email
    • Proof of your age (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 got 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 animal 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 by calling 311 or emailing bylaw@greatersudbury.ca.

    How to Register Your Pet

    • Register your pet online. 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.
    • 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 below:

    If you need assistance to register your dog or cat online, or if you would rather pick up a tag in person, you can visit one of these locations.

    Azilda

    Gilles Pelland Public Library, 120 St. Agnes St., 705-688-3955

    Capreol

    Frank R. Mazzuca Public Library / Citizen Service Centre, 9 Morin St., 705-688-3958

    Chelmsford

    Normand Huneault Public Library / Citizen Service Centre, 3502 Errington St., 705-688-3963

    Coniston

    Mike Solski Public Library, 30 Second Ave., 705-688-3953

    Copper Cliff

    Copper Cliff Public Library, 11 Balsam St., 705-688-3954

    Dowling

    Lionel Rheaume Public Library / Citizen Service Centre, 79 Main St. 705-688-3956

    Garson

    Garson Public Library / Citizen Service Centre, 214 Orell St., 705-688-3957

    Levack-Onaping

    Earle Jarvis Public Library, 1 Hillside Dr., 705-688-3951

    Lively

    • Earl Mumford Public Library / Citizen Service Centre, 15 Kin Dr., 705-688-3959
    • Walden Animal Clinic, 11 White Rd., 705-692-4446

    Sudbury

    • Tom Davies Square Citizen Service Centre, 200 Brady St., 3-1-1
    • Main Public Library, 74 MacKenzie St., 705-673-1155
    • New Sudbury Public Library, 1346 Lasalle Blvd., 705-688-3952
    • South End Public Library, 1991 Regent St., 705-688-3950
    • Northern Exotics, 517 Kathleen St., 705-470-3332

    Hanmer

    Valley East Public Library / Citizen Service Centre, 4100 Elmview Dr., Hanmer, 705-688-3961

    Wahnapitae

    Greater Sudbury Animal Shelter, 39 Kari Rd., Wahnapitae, 705-694-7387 (PETS)

    2020 Licence Fees

    Type of Licence Fee for spayed or neutered dogs and cats age 12 weeks and over Fee for unaltered dogs and cats age 12 weeks and over
    Lifetime $165.00 $260.00
    Lifetime for pet owners age 65+ $109.00 $215.00
    3 Year $66.00 $109.00
    Three Year for pet owners age 65+ $56.00 $87.00
    1 Year $28.00 $43.00
    Three Year for pet owners age 65+ $23.00 $33.00
    Replacement of lost tag* $5.00 $5.00


    * Replacement of lost tag (within two business days of loss) or two month licence fee between November 1 and December 31.