Love them, License them, Leash them!
The Regional District enforces a zero tolerance policy on all unlicensed dogs.
All dogs in the Central Okanagan must be licensed (Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343) and must wear their valid license tag. It’s the first principle of responsible dog ownership in our region.
Your dog license may be your dog’s ticket home in the unfortunate event that it gets away. It’s a form of insurance for your pet. Our dog control staff can quickly and easily help reunite you with your dog, in many cases saving you from having to make a trip to the dog pound.
In addition, license fees contribute to the services provided by Dog Control staff across the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Other benefits for licensing your dog
No Dog License? Fine Increased January 1st
As of January 1st, there is zero tolerance for dogs found in the Central Okanagan without a current license.
The fine for owners of unlicensed dogs is $300, up from $100. View News Release
Dog owners can purchase a new license at a cost of $20 if the dog is spayed or neutered, $60 if not at any of our licensing sales locations.
New dog licenses may be purchased online. Please follow the screen prompts to first register an account, then you will be able to complete your online purchase of a new license.
Those dog owners with Permanent tags valid for 2013, may also renew and pay for their license for 2014 online. If you don't already have an account, you can follow the instructions to set up an account, then using the account number and access code on your renewal notice, complete and pay for your license renewal.
Dog owners with the old 2013 annual tag can renew their license by taking their renewal notice into any of our licensing sales locations.
'My Dog Matters' Rewards Program
All dog owners with a valid license receive a new 'My Dog Matters' Responsibe Dog Owner Rewards Program card.
With the help of over 30 participating businesses, this card provides licensed dog owners with discounts/rewards on services and can over the course of a year, give them something back over and above the cost of their annual license!
Visit www.mydogmatters.ca for information on this initative.
License Fees and Permanent License tag
An annual license costs $20 for a dog that’s been spayed or neutered (another principle of responsible dog ownership) or $60 if it hasn’t been fixed and is available at any of the agents listed below,.
Not having a license will result in a fine of $300 (zero tolerance for unlicensed dogs), plus the cost of purchasing a license.
The Regional District offers one dog license tag that does not have to be replaced annually. This Permanent License tag gives you the convenience of renewing your dog license each year online. Registration allows you to pay your annual Permanent Licence renewal fee online -no need to leave home, line up to renew a licence and replace an annual dog tag! (please select the Permanent Dog Licence menu option and have your account number and access code found on your renewal notice).
Information for New Resident Dog Owners
Welcome to the Central Okanagan. If you’ve moved from another jurisdiction in the province, bring your current, valid dog licence tag from your former B.C. municipality to either the RDCO Dog Pound (890 Weddell Place) or RDCO office (1450 KLO Road) and we’ll exchange it for free with a new licence in the Central Okanagan valid for the remainder of the calendar year and will register your dog here! It’s one way we welcome you and your dog to our area!
- $20.00 - Spayed female or Neutered male (certificate required)
- $60.00 - Unspayed female or Unneutered male
- $125.00 - Approved Kennel License
Please note that after February 28th, a $20.00 late charge will be applied to the above licence fee except:
- if the dog has just reached the age of three months,
- if the owner of the dog is a new resident,
- if the owner has just purchased a new dog.
After July 31st each year, licences are sold at 50% of the full price for New Owners of dogs or New Residents.
If your dog is not currently correctly licensed and is impounded a $300 fee will be added to your total. (This is in addition to the licensing, impounding, and sustenance fees).
Starting January 1st, 2014, all unlicensed dogs will be subject to a $300 fine in addition to any other fees.
Except for persons residing on properties that are zoned to allow for kennels, no person will be allowed to keep more than two (2) dogs. Kennels are also required to renew their annual kennel licences at this time.
Licences may be obtained at any of the following locations during regular office hours:
CITY OF KELOWNA:
City of Kelowna
1435 Water Street (250-469-8500)
890 Weddell Place (between Richter Street and Gordon Drive) (250-469-6284)
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Regional District of Central Okanagan
1450 K.L.O. Road (250-763-4918)
3785 Casorso Road (250-861-7722)
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WEST KELOWNA and North Westside:
District of West Kelowna
Municipal Office at Mt. Boucherie Centre
2760 Cameron Road (778-797-8820)
North Westside Fire Hall
514 Udell Road,
Killiney Beach (please call office 250-545-1195 to ensure staff is available)
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District of Lake Country
10150 Bottom Wood Lake Rd. (250-766-5650)
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District of Peachland
5806 Beach Avenue (250-767-2647)
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*** Dog Licenses for Westbank First Nation lands are available at the WFN office.