Dog Licences now processed at City Hall

Effective January 2024, the City of Merritt is managing the administration of its dog licensing operations and is terminating its service with DocuPet. All pet owners in the City will need to visit City Hall in person to set up a new account.  Please bring a valid veterinarian certificate to prove that the animal has been spayed or neutered. On the new City account, dog licences will be valid for the calendar year: January 1 to December 31 (365 days or less).

This one-time, in person, account set-up will not be required in subsequent years. The City will be adding other payment options in future.


The City of Merritt’s Animal Control Bylaw 2241, 2018 mandates that all dogs over six months of age must be licensed, with owners required to pay an annual fee for this licence.

Residents may have up to two (2) dogs per residence (a residence includes any secondary suite).  Bylaw Services may, upon request, allow an owner to have more than two (2) dogs in exceptional circumstances. Every resident dog requires a valid licence. Dog licence tags must be affixed to their collar and visible at all times.

Pet licence fees are as follows:

Neutered or Spayed dog $24.00
Un-neutered or Un-spayed dog $52.50
Aggressive Dog * $200
Dangerous Dog * $600
Lost tag replacement $10.50


*Aggressive or dangerous dogs must be securely confined or muzzled. View Animal Control Bylaw for details.

VIEW FULL RATES & FEES (Bylaw 2358; Schedule M)



Dog Licences

Neutered or Spayed Dog Licence Fee $24.00 $24.00 $24.00
Intact Dog Licence Fee $52.50 $55.13 $57.88
Lost Tag Replacement $10.50 $11.00 $11.50
Aggressive Dog Licence Fee $200.00 $210.00 $220.50
Dangerous Dog Licence Fee $600.00 $630.00 $661.50

Impoundment Fees

First Impoundment $100.00 $105.00 $110.25
Second Impoundment $200.00 $210.00 $220.50
Third and Subsequent Impoundment $300.00 $315.00 $330.75
Aggressive Dog: First Impoundment $300.00 $315.00 $330.75
Aggressive Dog: Second and Subsequent Impoundment $600.00 $630.00 $661.50
Dangerous Dog: First Impoundment $750.00 $787.50 $826.88
Dangerous Dog: Second and Subsequent Impoundment $1,500.00 $1,575.00 $1,653.75

*REFERENCE: Bylaw 2358 Schedule M: Animal Control Licences, Fees and Charges


City of Merritt, Box 189, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, B.C. V1K 1B8

Animal Control

Dog licences must be affixed to the animal’s collar and worn at all times. Dogs must be kept on a leash and under the control of a competent person at all times when in public.  If your animal is found running at large, Bylaw Services will bring your dog to the City Pound facility, and while your animal will receive good care (and even veterinary attention if required), you will be subject to fines, impoundment fees and expenses. Impoundment fees start at $100.

“Guests” at the pound are kept for 72 hours.  If you can be traced as the owner, you will be notified with instructions on how to reclaim your pet and any required fees.  After three days, unclaimed pets are sent outside the community to the SPCA for adoption.  There is no animal shelter in Merritt. Unadopted pets are put down.


Under the City bylaw, if your dog threatens or bites a person or another animal, it may be designated an Aggressive or a Dangerous Dog.  Under this designation annual licence fees increase to $200 (Aggressive) or $600 (Dangerous) and the dog must be kept securely confined and/or muzzled, and meet other conditions.  Impoundment fees range from $300 to $1500.


Please clean up after your dog.  Our bylaws require that you scoop that poop and dispose of it appropriately.  Failure to do so can result in a fine.


Female dogs in heat must be confined indoors or in an enclosure where she cannot escape or have unwanted visitors.