Dog Licences

The FVRD manages dog licensing for Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Kent, and Mission.

All dogs four months or older must have a current licence. The fine for owning an unlicensed dog is $200.

New Dog Licences

Dog owners who have not previously licensed their dog must apply for a new licence online, or in person [PDF - 1.2 MB].

Dog Licence Renewals

  • Existing licence holders will receive a renewal invoice with payment instructions by the end of November. 
  • The licence fee must be paid annually. It is valid only for the calendar year in which it's paid and expires on December 31 of that year.
  • The dog tag is permanent and will not be replaced each year.
  • Renewals can also be purchased online or in person [PDF - 1 MB].
  • A 30% penalty fee will apply to payments received after December 31. 

Licence Fees* 


Hot Springs


Dog Licence - spayed or neutered $26 $28
Dog LicenceNOT spayed or neutered $70 $70
Nuisance Dog - spayed or neutered $125 $125
Nuisance DogNOT spayed or neutered $150 $150
Aggressive or
Dangerous Dog
- spayed or neutered
$250 $250
Aggressive or
Dangerous Dog
NOT spayed or neutered
$300 $300
Licence Transfer $5 $5
Licence Tag Replacement $7 $7

* The two primary sources of municipal funding for animal control are property taxes and dog licence fees. Each municipality determines its own funding formula, which it provides to the FVRD.

Why is a Dog Licence Important?

A dog licence is your dog's safety net. It is the quickest and easiest way for us to find you and reunite you with Fido. Even responsible dog owners run the risk of losing their dog(s). Perhaps your kids or a visitor leaves the front door open. Perhaps the meter reader doesn't latch your gate properly. It could even be that your dog gets spooked while out walking and runs away. But, whatever the reason, if we pick up your dog and it's wearing its licence tag, we can find you quickly. If it's the first time we've picked up Fido, we'll even give him a ride home for free. Without a licence tag, it can take a while to track you down, and when we do, there are costs to pay to claim Fido. 

Where Does the Money Go?

We use the licence fee revenue to provide other dog-related services that benefit your community. These fees help us afford staff to investigate dog-related complaints, such as barking dogs, aggressive dogs, dog bite incidents, etc. Our staff also patrol public areas for off-leash dogs and other infractions ensuring these areas are safe for you and your dog to enjoy. And, we run adoption and volunteer programs to take CARE of all the stray and lost dogs we find.