Dogs in Port Coquitlam

Dogs are important members of many Port Coquitlam families, and the residents of our community are welcome to enjoy the City’s many parks, trails and public spaces with their dogs. However, being a dog owner in the City of Port Coquitlam also comes with certain responsibilities, to ensure the safety and well being of the community as well as your pet.

For example, the City’s Animal Control Bylaw stipulates that owners must keep dogs leashed on all public property unless in a designated off-leash area, must clean up their dog’s waste from public property, must licence dogs over six months of age and must make sure their dogs are not a threat to people or other dogs.

Services for Dogs in Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam provides many services for the four-legged members of your family. Many of these services are paid for by the annual dog licences required for all dogs over six months of age.

Off-Leash Dog Areas
• Free biodegradable dog waste bags in most parks.
• Enforcement of the Animal Control Bylaw (to ensure dogs are good neighbours, are not a threat to people or dogs, don’t damage or leave their waste on public property, etc.).
Animal shelter services and adoptions of homeless animals.
• Reuniting lost pets with owners via their licence tags.
• Easy online dog licence renewal.
• Assistance to the public in dealing with barking dogs, aggressive dogs, dogs at large and dog bites.

New Leash-optional Areas

Dog Licences

All dogs that have reached the age of six months must be licensed.

Off-Leash Dog Areas

Canine Etiquette

Animal Shelter and Adoption Services

Dog Tags and Decals

New applicants: A dog tag will be issued upon receipt of payment

Renewals: Annual tags are not issued – your existing tag will remain valid for multiple years. You may request a replacement if your tag is lost or damaged.


​Tax Office
Tel 604.927.5425

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)