Dog Licences

Dog wearing a collar with dog licence attached to the collar

Did you recently welcome a new four-legged member into the family, or just move to Red Deer and have a dog or dog(s)?

Check out what information you need to be a dog owner in The City of Red Deer, as well as other helpful links to make your furry friend feel at home.

Dog Licence Information

Apply for a Dog Licence

Submit your application:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old to purchase or renew a dog licence.
  • Licences are to be renewed on or before December 31 of each year. 

MyDogs (Dog licence replacements or renewals are made through your MyCity profile)

In person:
Complete and submit the 2024 Dog Licence Application Form (pdf), and apply at one of the following locations. Forms are also available at each facility.

City Hall: Main Floor Cashier, 4914 48 Avenue

Alberta Animal Services: 4640 - 61 Street
Phone: 403-347-2388

Central Alberta Humane Society: 4505 - 77 Street
Phone: 403-342-7722

If you are registering a service dog, a copy of the Provincial Service Dog Licence is required to accompany your application.

2024 Dog Licence Fees

  • Altered Dog (spayed/neutered): $36.15
  • Unaltered dog (intact): $77.60
  • Replacement tag $13.90
What do I need to bring when getting a Dog Licence?

While not mandatory, we recommend having the following information on hand:

  • Microchip identification number, or
  • Tattoo identification number.

This information is collected to ensure that lost pets can be reunited with their owners.

Dog Tag Information
  • We use stainless steel, permanent dog tags.
  • One tag is good for the lifetime of your dog and the tag number will remain the same each year.
  • The permanent dog tag requires renewal each year in order to keep information current.
  • If the tag is lost, you will need to purchase a replacement tag.
What if I need a replacement dog tag?

If your dog's tag gets lost, you can purchase a replacement tag for $13.40:

Online: MyCity
City Hall: 4914 48 Avenue
Alberta Animal Services: 4640 61 Street
Central Alberta Humane Society: 4505 77 Street

Why do I have to register my dog?

There are several reasons why all dog owners are required to licence their dogs, including:

  • It is the fastest way to reunite you with your pet, should they be found. The City of Red Deer works with agencies like Alberta Animal Services and the Central Alberta Humane Society to any lost pet finds their way back home.
  • Registration costs help fund the 'Spay/Neuter Program'
  • It is a requirement of The City's Dog Bylaw. 3429/2009
  • It assists in keeping more accurate statistical information to help with funding

Good-to-Know Info

Off Leash Dog Parks

Check out our Off Leash Dog Parks web pages to find information on Red Deer's off-leash dog parks. 

Spay/Neuter Program

The City of Red Deer uses a portion of dog licence registration fees to fund the Spay/Neuter Program. 

The program allows families to take the next step to keep their pup safe. Applications are accepted throughout the year. 

Application for Spay/Neuter Program (pdf)

Submit completed applications to

Service Dogs in Red Deer

A service dog is a dog that has been trained and assessed for safety in public spaces and helps a person with specific tasks related to their disability. A service dog team consists of:

  • the service dog
  • the individual with a disability
  • the service dog handler, if the individual is a minor
Service dog identification card

photo of sample Service Dog identification cardA service dog identification card provides proof that the service dog team is qualified by the government. The card has:

  • the name of the handler and dog
  • a photo of the handler and dog
  • a validation number
  • a date of expiration

Recreation facility employees may ask to see your service dog identification card.

For more information

Government of Alberta
Service Dog Act 

Responsible Pet Ownership

Find out more ways you can be a responsible pet owner by visiting our Responsible Pet Ownership web page.