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Animal Control
Animal Control Bylaw

Residents of Port Coquitlam with questions or concerns related to animal control, including unlicensed dogs, barking dogs, dogs at large, or dog bites may contact the Bylaw Services Office at 604.927.5440 or by email at bylawlicencing@portcoquitlam.ca

As of June 28, 2008, the BC SPCA  no longer enforces the City’s Animal Control Bylaw, but retains its Provincial mandate to deal with animal cruelty and animal welfare issues.  The emergency contact number for the BC SPCA is 604.879.7343.4

For a full copy of the City of Port Coquitlam Animal Control Bylaw, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the more frequently asked questions and answers.

Leash Law (see Animal Control Bylaw for details)

Do I need to have my dog on a leash?

What is considered an 'aggressive dog'?

Aggressive Dog is defined in the Animal Control Bylaw as:

No person shall keep or own any diseased or Aggressive Dog within the City unless the Dog is kept sufficiently secured so as to prevent it from endangering the safety of any person or other animal.

No Owner of an Aggressive Dog shall permit or allow the Dog to be on any highway or in any public place or any other place that is not owned or controlled by that person, unless the Dog is secured on a leash to its Owner and muzzled to prevent it from biting another animal or a human.

Poop and Scoop Law
Where a Dog leaves or deposits any excrement on any public place or private property other than the property of the Owner, the Owner shall immediately take steps to remove such excrement and dispose of it in a sanitary manner.

Dog and cat excrement may be flushed down the toilet. Click for other pet waste disposal options.

Licensing Law

Does my dog or cat require a licence?
All dogs six (6) months of age or older are required to have a licence. Licences can be obtained from Port Coquitlam City Hall 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam

Every dog licence expires on December 31st of the year of issue.

Click here for further information on dog licences including payment options.

There is currently no requirement in Port Coquitlam for cats to be licensed.

How many dogs or cats can I have?

It is not lawful to possess more than three (3) dogs unless a Kennel licence has been issued. Kennel licences are issued only to properties with agricultural zoning.

There is no specific limit in the Animal Control Bylaw on the number of cats one can own, but if cat ownership is excessive to the point of creating a health hazard, there may be intervention by the BC SPCA or the Fraser Health Authority.

Barking Law
No person shall keep any animal which by its calls, cries, barks, or other noises disturbs or tends to disturb the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort, or convenience of the neighbourhood or of person(s) in the vicinity.  (This applies to daytime barking.)

The Council believes that the following noises or sounds are objectionable: any calls, cries, barks, or other noises made by an animal which are audible outside the parcel or premises where the animal is kept, between 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. (This applies to night time barking.)

Residents who are disturbed by barking dogs can request an investigation by submitting a detailed noise complaint form to the Bylaw Services Office. Click here for a printable version of the complaint form or complete one online here.

To register an excessive barking complaint, record the location where the dog lives, and the dates, times and duration of the barking in a barking dog log either online or download the form here.


The City’s Animal Control Bylaw establishes fines for the following violations as noted:

Dog At Large   

Failure to Remove Excrement   
Aggressive Dog in Public Place 
Unlicensed Dog
No Licence Tag     
Unpermitted Kennel
Unpermitted Domestic Animal 



Bylaw Services Office
Tel 604.927.5440
Fax 604.927.5470
Email bylawservices@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address

1st Floor, City Hall, 2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 2A8

Business Hours

8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Last Updated:12/13/2016 2:04:45 PM