Town of Canmore

Animal Licensing

To report or claim a lost pet, please contact Bylaw Services Bylaw Services & RCMP

Why License Your Pet

Licensing your pet with the Town will help have your pet returned to you faster to reduce stress on you and your pet! Dog licensing is also mandatory. To apply for a license please fill out the forms below

pdf Dog license application (122 KB)

pdf Cat license application (114 KB)

Where does your license revenue go?

 New Application Process During COVID-19 Civic Centre closure:

  1. Download the application form above and fill it out.
  2. Email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., drop in mail drop slot at the Canmore Civic Centre or mail to 902 7 Avenue, Canmore, AB, T1W 3K1
  3. A member of our team will contact you to arrange payment over the phone. Alternatively, you can drop a cheque off with your application in the mail-drop slot made payable to "Town of Canmore".
  4. The dog tag will be mailed to you.

Dog License Fees are as follows:

Month Purchased One Year License Three Year License
January - March


April - June $41.50 $105.00
July - September $28.00 $96.00
October - December $14.50 $87.00

Other Fees  
Cat License (voluntary) $25.00
Replacement Tag $10.00
Impound Fee $50.00
Kenneling Fee per day $20.00

* Licenses expire on December 31 and must be renewed prior to January 1 for the following year.

** The pro-rated fees are applied to new applications only.


Where Your License Fees Go 

Town of Canmore dog license fees pay for the following:

  • Food and treats for lost or abandoned dogs and cats.
  • Maintenance of the kenneling facility.
  • Mutt Mitts (poop bags). Annually over $23,000 is spent on maintaining and operating this program.
  • Veterinarian visits for sick abandoned animals, medications, and surrendering fees.

My License Is My Ticket Home

Having a valid dog license ensures the Town of Canmore Bylaw Services can identify your dog and return it home to you. If a lost dog is found at large and is wearing a tag Bylaw Services Officers will attempt to return your dog, free of charge*. If you are not at home we will care for your dog in our kenneling facility until you can pick up your pet.

*Drive Home Program only applies to dogs that have a valid license in the Town of Canmore and one occurrence is permitted per year. Certain circumstances shall void the return of an animal for free.

Voluntary Cat Licencing

Owners of cats may voluntarily licence their cats for a one-time fee of $25.00. This voluntary licence will enhance the ability for Bylaw Services to ensure the safe return of your cat should it come into our possession. 

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