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Living in Montréal with your pet

The Ville de Montréal informs you that the provisions of the By-law concerning animal control that refer to Pit bull-type dogs have been suspended until further notice. All the other obligations under the by-law remain in force.

Obtain your permit

Learn about by-law

Montréal’s animal control by-law sets out a number of rules for behaviour and civic-mindedness to ensure residents’ safety and peace and quiet, as well as cleanliness of public property.

Your dog must be wearing its tag at all times and be kept on a 1.85-metre leash in public spaces.

Also, all dogs weighs more than 20 kg, the dog must wear a head collar or harness attached to the leash.

Consult the new by-law

Obtain your permit

All dogs and cats that live within Montréal’s city limits must obtain a permit. The permit is valid anywhere within Montréal’s city limits.

Obtain your permit

Pet’s owner guide

Becoming a pet owner is a long-term commitment. Take care of pet means making a commitment to take care of it every day, for the rest of its life, and obeying all related rules and regulations.

Find out more

Adoption, a responsibility

There are many advantages of having a pet around, as a companion, but welcoming a pet into your home is no small move, and quite the contrary.

Find out more

Be responsible,
have your pet spayed or neutered!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to obtain a permit if my dog is microchipped?

Yes, dog guardians must have a valid permit. They must ensure that their dog wears his or her tag at all times. Fees for obtaining a permit are reduced by $5 when dogs have a microchip. Guardians of dogs with a microchip must advise the microchip provider of any change to their contact information within 15 days of changing this information.

Do I have to obtain a permit if my dog doesn’t go outside often and is with me each time he or she does go out?

Yes, dog guardians must have a valid permit. It is not uncommon that a dog that usually lives inside manages to get out without his or her guardian’s knowledge. This is why it is important that dogs always wear their tags.