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 (Dog Regulation and Impounding Bylaw No. 366) 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 Increases January 1st
Starting January 1st, there will be zero tolerance for dogs found in the Central Okanagan without a current license.
The fine for owners of unlicensed dogs will be $300, up from $100. View News Release
Dog owners can purchase a new license in advance for the rest of 2013 and 2014 at a cost of $20 if the dog is spayed or neutered, $60 if not at any of our licensing sales locations. Please note that local government offices may be closed for an extended period during the Christmas - New Years holiday.
Also starting January 1st, new dog licenses may be purchased online, and a link will be available for that date.
Swap Annual Dog License Tag for a Permanent Tag
Central Okanagan dog owners that have either a 2013 dog license tag shaped like a doghouse or the vertical Rectangle Small Dog license tag, are asked to come in and receive a Permanent License Tag for their dog's collar.
The Regional District is switching to the Permanent tag now, so that dog owners will have the convenience of renewing their annual dog license fee online.
As well, the Permanent tag means that you don't have to receive a new tag every year!
You don't need to bring in your current 2013 annual dog tag and there's no cost to make the switch to the new Permanent tag. View More Information
It only takes a few minutes to make the switch. Visit the RDCO office (weekdays 8am-4pm) 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna or the Dog Pound, 890 Weddell Place in Kelowna (daily 9am - 5pm/ closed 1-2pm) and get your Permanent dog tag now!
'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.
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 could result in a fine of $100, 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 a new licence in the Central Okanagan and 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 $100 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.