Pet Regulations and Licences

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. The by-law is available in an alternate format, upon request.

Dog licences

You are required to purchase a dog licence every year for your dog(s) as per our Animal Control By-law.

We are currently working on a new licensing system for 2024 dog licences.  Please stay tuned!  
Until that time, 2024 licences have been paused and no fines will be issued until further notice.

 Licence fees

The fees for 2023 are as follows:

  • $28 until January 31st
  • $33 for renewal from February 1st to April 2nd
  • $33 for new puppy/dog from February 1st 
  • $78 for renewal from April 3rd
 Purchase options

Dog licences are available for purchase in person, online, by mail or you can drop off a cheque and your details at 160 Livingston Ave. in the Mail Slot at the front of the building.  Dog licence purchases have been paused until our new 2024 Licensing System is in effect.



You can use our online registration program and pay by credit card beginning on November 7, 2022. Please note you must register your dog as a “child/dependent”.
Dog licence purchases have been paused until our new 2024 Licensing System is in effect.  

 In person
  • Town Hall - 160 Livingston Ave.
 By mail

Mail a cheque payable to the Town of Grimsby:

160 Livingston Ave.
Grimsby, ON
L3M 0J5

Please include your pet's information

The Humane Society of Greater Niagara will fine any dog 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 Humane Society of Greater Niagara to support canine and humane services. You can reach the Humane Society of Greater Niagara 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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