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The objective of the animal control By-Law Concerning Animal Control is to promote harmonious co-habitation between residents and pets and to ensure residents’ safety. All pet guardians must have a valid permit for their pet.


The city informs you that the provisions of the By-Law Concerning Animal Control that refer to pit bull-type dogs are in force everywhere within Montréal's city limits.

As of April 1, 2017, owners of pit bull-type dogs can no longer apply for a special permit for their dog in Montréal. All pit bull-type dogs whose owners do not have a permit are prohibited within city limits. Owners who take their pit bull-type dog on public property without a permit are liable to a statement of offence with a minimum fine of $750 and seizure of the dog.

Pit bull-type dogs: morphological traits

Pit bull-type dog owners who hold a special permit for pit bull-type dogs must meet the requirements set out in the by-law. Pit bull-type dogs must, at all times:

  • Wear their city tag.
  • Be muzzled when outside a building.
  • Be on a leash with a maximum length of 1.25 m, except in dog parks or closed areas with a fence that is at least 2 m high.
  • Wear a harness if he or she weighs 20 kg or more.
  • Be supervised by someone over 18.

Owners of pit bull-type dogs that aren’t muzzled outside of a building are liable to a minimum fine of $500 and revocation of their special permit. The special permit must be renewed each year under the applicable terms and conditions.

If you hold a special permit issued between October and December 2016, that licence is valid until December 31, 2017. It must be renewed every year before December 31. Additional fees of $10 will be added if the special permit is renewed after December 31.

A special permit issued after January 1, 2017, is valid for one year from the date of issuance. It must be renewed annually at the anniversary date of its issuance. Additional fees of $10 will be added if the special permit is renewed after the anniversary date of its issuance.

A new tag (blue, round-shaped) issued from October 1, 2017, is valid for the life of the animal, but the special permit is renewable annually. If the tag is lost or damaged, a fee of $10 will be required to replace it.

For residents whose application for a special permit is still under review due to missing documents, please refer to the following procedure.