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Living in Montréal with your pet

Obtain your permit

Learn about the 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 his or her tag at all times and be kept on a 1.85-metre leash in public spaces.

Also, all dogs that weigh more than 20 kg 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 an annual 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.

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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.

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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.