The first step to responsible dog ownership is licensing your dog.
A dog licence helps you reunite with your dog if they are lost anywhere in the world. Dog licence fees not only support the return of pets to their owners, they assist in the adoption of homeless pets every year. Fees also pay for education and enforcement of our Animal Control and Licencing bylaw, as well as the cost for operating the local animal shelter.
How to apply for a new Dog Licence
All dogs over four (4) months of age must be licensed every year with the City of Maple Ridge.
To apply for a dog licence, download our dog licence application form (PDF). Unfortunately at this time, applications can not be submitted online. Once your application is complete, please email it to the Bylaw, Licensing & Community Safety Department or fax it to us at 604-467-7445. Once your application has been entered into our system, we can email you your new account number so you may pay the fees online.
The cost of licensing your dog depends on whether or not it is spayed or neutered. If you are applying for the "Spayed or Neutered" discount you will need to provide a document of verification from your veterinarian. A discount is available if paid by January 31. For more information on fees and charges, review Schedule A (PDF) of our Animal Control and Licencing Bylaw No. 6908-2012 (PDF).
Fee(February - December)
|Unaltered (Senior Owner Discount)
|Altered (Senior Owner Discount)
How to renew your dog's licence
The City will mail you a dog licence renewal notice in December of every year. You may pay your annual dog licence online. All you need is your Account Number and Access Code from your notice. You will be able to pay using your Visa or MasterCard.
You can also make a renewal payment over the phone by calling our Bylaw, Licensing & Community Safety office at 604-467-7384. Or you can make your payment in person at City Hall.
If your contact information has changed, you've moved out of Maple Ridge or you no longer have your dog, please notify our office so that we may update or inactivate your dog licence account.
Permanent dog tags
The city issues permanent dog tags. Which means that the tag number issued to your dog remains the same for the lifetime of that dog. Please do not discard the dog licence renewal notice that is mailed out to you each renewal cycle as annual licensing fees still apply. If the dog tag has been lost, it can be replaced for a $5.00 fee.
Barking Dog Complaints
For noise complaints such as a barking dog please print off and complete our complaint form (PDF) or contact the Licences & Bylaws Department at 604-467-7305. Please note: to lodge a barking dog complaint, we will need to know the following information: type of dog(s), description of dog(s), dates, times and duration of the noise that is occurring (we do not accept anonymous complaints). Read a copy of our Noise Bylaw (PDF).
Contact the Ridge Meadows RCMP non-emergency number at 604-463-6251. Also contact the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at 604-463-9511 or after-hours at 604-879-7343.
Lost or Stray Dogs
Contact the Maple Ridge SPCA at 604-463-9511. The shelter operates from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday to Friday and noon - 4:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is closed on all statutory holidays.
- Why do I need to licence my dog?
- If my dog is never out of the yard / house do they still need a licence?
- How long is a dog licence valid for?
- How much does a dog licence cost?
- Can I buy my dog licence online?
- I have a guide / assistance dog; do I need to purchase a licence?
- What does my dog licence fee pay for?
- What are the hours and phone number for the local shelter?
- I no longer own the dog, what should I do?
- Who can I report a lost dog to?
- Who do I report a dog off leash in an unpermitted area to?
- My neighbour's dog won't stop barking, what can I do?
- Can I let my dog run off leash in Maple Ridge?
- Why can't I allow my dog to run off leash?
- How can I make a report about an unlicensed dog in my area?