In the Town of Grimsby, no more than three dogs over the age of 10 weeks can be kept on any premises unless grandfathered under the by-law. All dogs must be licensed according to our animal control by-law and all dogs must be leashed at all times unless they are on their own property or at a designated leash-free dog park.

Dog licences

You are required to purchase a dog licence every year for your dog(s) as per our animal control by-law.

 Licence fees

The fees are as follows:

  • $31 until March 31
  • $76 for renewal from April 1
  • $5 early renewal coupons are sent with Grimsby water bills, and are valid until Jan. 31
 Purchase options

 Dog licences are available for purchase in person, online or by mail.


You can use our online registration program and pay with credit card. Please note you must register your dog as a “child/dependent”

 In person
  • Ruffin's Pet Centre (Until March 31, 2019)
  • Town Hall
 By mail

Mail a cheque made out to the Town of Grimsby at

  • 160 Livingston Ave.
    Grimsby, ON
    L3M 4G3

Please include your pet's information

The Lincoln County Humane Society will impound any dog found without a licence. A penalty of $100 under Section 21.9 (a) of the Provincial Offences Act, Town of Grimsby By-law 10-06 will apply.

All dog licence proceeds go to the Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) to support canine and humane services. You can reach the LCHS at 1-800-263-2469.

Picking up dog waste

Who ever has control of the dog (usually the owner or dog walker) is responsible for picking up after the dog.

Dangerous Dogs 

If you are an owner of a dog that has attacked a person or animal without reason it may be deemed a “dangerous dog”. These steps should be taken to prevent future attacks, including:

  • Muzzling
  • Tethering
  • Pen confinement
  • Display of dangerous dog sign.

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