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Dog Control Services

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) encourages responsible pet ownership through licensing, public education and enforcement.
The SCRD provides dog control services in Halfmoon Bay, Roberts Creek, Elphinstone, mainland of West Howe Sound (and Keats Island), and the Sechelt Indian Government District. The Town of Gibsons and the District of Sechelt provide dog control services to citizens living in those municipalities.

Dog Control Services Brochure

Dog LicenCes

2020 Dog Licences go on sale on December 1 and are valid from January 1 to December 31, 2020

For your convenience, we encourage you to renew your dog licence online at

The SCRD has moved to a permanent dog licence which means that, after you have purchased a licence, the tag and tag number will remain allocated to your dog - removing the need to issue a new tag each year and reducing waste.

You may purchase dog licences in the following locations:

Sunshine Coast Regional District at 1975 Field Road, Sechelt

Gibsons and Area Community Centre at 700 Park Road, Gibsons

Sechelt Aquatic Centre at 5500 Shorncliffe Avenue, Sechelt


Category Before
January 31
January 31
Spayed or neutered $25 $50
Spayed or neutered
(with 25% seniors discount)*
$18.75 $37.50
Unspayed or unneutered $50 $100
Unspayed or unneutered
(with 25% seniors discount)*
$37.50 $75.00
Replacement Tag $10 $10

* Seniors discount applies to individuals aged 65 or older. You may be required to provide proof of age.

Five Reasons Why You Should License Your Dog

Your dog licence fee enables Dog Control to offer the following services:

  • Reunites lost and found dogs with their owners.
  • Provides for a Dog Control Officer to respond to complaints, educate the public, and enforce the Dog Control Bylaw.
  • Helps to resolve neighbourhood issues with nuisance dogs.
  • Provides shelter, food, care and comfort through a contract with the BCSPCA, for lost, found or surrendered dogs.
  • Besides being a legal form of registration, it’s the law.

Impounded Dogs

Dogs found running at large can be impounded by the Dog Control Officer and taken to the Sunshine Coast Branch of the BC SPCA located at 4376 Solar Road, off Field Road in Sechelt. Please contact 604-740-0301 and leave a message.

Impoundment fees in one calendar year:
First impound $60 plus board
Second impound $120 plus board
Third impound $240 plus board
Each additional impound $300 plus board

Impoundment fees for vicious dogs:
Where a vicious dog has caused injury to a person or domestic animal, a sum of $1,000 applies to the first impound. The SCRD may apply for destruction of a vicious dog that causes injury to a person or another domestic animal.

First impound $250 plus board
Second impound $500 plus board
Third impound $1,000 plus board
Additional impounds $1500 plus board.

Impounding fees for vicious dogs shall be cumulative over time and not follow the calendar year.

The Dog Control Officer responds to complaints from the public regarding violations of the Sunshine Coast Regional District Dog Regulation and Impounding Bylaw No. 376, 1994. To report a dog running at large or to file a complaint, please call the SCRD Dog Control Officer at 604-885-6817 or fill out the Bylaw Complaint Form.

Lost and Found Pets
Please check with the Sunshine Coast Branch of the BC SPCA at 604-740-0301 or a local veterinarian.

Helpful Resources

Dog Bite Prevention Brochure

Excessive Barking Bylaw Fact Sheet


Safety Information for Dogs in Hot Cars

SPCA Video - What to Expect When Caring for a Dog