Dogs in City Parks

Dogs are welcome in many City parks. Dogs must be on a leash when walked in most areas – see map below for details on where leashes are required and dogs are allowed.

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Dogs in City Parks

Dogs aren't permitted on playgrounds, picnic areas, playing fields, beaches, fitness circuits, running tracks, golf courses, bowling greens, tennis courts, or in the North Vancouver cemetery. For more information download Parks Regulation Bylaw 6611 or review the map above.

Dogs and the Natural Environment

Protect park habitat and wildlife by keeping dogs out of creeks, streams and ponds, and from from chasing any animals – including birds. Stay on trails to prevent soil erosion and to protect native vegetation.

Dog Etiquette in Parks

Take a moment to understand these signs so you can follow them in City parks:

Leash optional
Ensure you have control of your dog at all times

Dogs on-leash
Dogs MUST remain on-leash

Dogs prohibited
Dogs are NOT permitted in this location

Owners must pick up dog waste
There's no such thing as a Poo Fairy – find Dog Waste bin locations

Take a bag, leave a bag

Responsible Dog Ownership

All dog owners are encouraged to be responsible dog owners. Wondering what that means? Download our Responsible Dog Ownership brochure

Dog Licencing

Annual dog licences are mandatory in the City and are a proven, cost-effective method of assisting in returning lost dogs to their owners. Renew or purchase new dog licences online with CityServe or in-person at City Hall. Learn more on our Dog Licences & Renewals page

Dog Waste

No one wants to deal with another creature's poop. Visit our Dog Waste Program page to find locations of 'Got Poop' bins and other ways to deal with dog waste. You can also post Poo Fairy signs on your property.

Spaying and Neutering

Spaying and neutering is encouraged to reduce unwanted pet populations. Spaying and neutering prevents unwanted litters, helps protect against health problems, and may reduce behavioral problems associated with the mating instinct.

Violations & Enforcement

Dog Violations & Fines

Violation Fine
Failure to Affix Licence Tag $ 60
Dog at Large $ 60
Unmuzzled Vicious Dog $ 400
Unconfined Vicious Dog $ 400
Leaving Excrement $ 60
Unlicenced Dog $ 60

Dog Tax & Regulation Bylaw

To ensure the safety of the public and their pets, the City has a Dog Tax and Regulation Bylaw. Under the bylaw, every owner of an animal that is defined as vicious is encouraged to take proper command of their pet at all times. Failure to do so will result in higher license fees, fines, and/or related costs (e.g. pound fees).

Animal Control Services

There are various ways of contacting staff for animal control issues, depending on the day and time.

Day & Time Contact Number
Monday to Friday (8:30am - 5pm) 604-982-8302
After Hours 604-607-1651

Find information about the City's Animal Control bylaw enforcement.


Any issues related to wildlife should be referred to the Conservation Office at 1-877-952-7277.

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