Oak Bay is a dog-friendly community, and along with responsible ownership, a good balance is maintained between the needs of dogs and the broader community. This section provides all dog-related information in one convenient location.
The Oak Bay Animal Control Bylaw requires all dog owners to obtain a license for pets and a "poop and scoop" law is in effect throughout the Municipality.
All dogs over the age of four months must be licenced every year with the District of Oak Bay. Reduced fees are in place for spayed/neutered dogs. Dog licenses and further information is available at Oak Bay Municipal Hall or the dog licensing page.
Oak Bay sends out Licence Renewals each year in January, when pet tags must be renewed. Please remember to notify the municipality of any changes in contact information, or if there is no longer a pet in the household.
The dog control regulations are enforced by:
Victoria Animal Control Services Ltd.
564 David Street
Victoria BC, V8T 2C8
Dog waste can contribute to the spread of disease and produces a noxious environment. All dog feces must be picked up and disposed of by the dog owner.
Do not allow dog feces to enter the storm drains, as this can lead to contamination of local beaches with serious health implications.
Common bylaw violations include
Bylaw No. 4013, Animal Control Bylaw, 1999:
- No License Tag on Dog $50.00
- Unlicensed Dog $50.00
- More Than 2 Dogs $50.00
- Unconfined Female Dog in Heat $50.00
- Failure to Provide Information $50.00
- Noisy Dog $50.00
- Dog at Large $50.00
- Failure to Remove Excrement $50.00
- Prohibited Deposit of Excrement $50.00
- Unleashed Dog – Uplands Park $50.00
- Unleashed Dog in Park $50.00
- Dog in prohibited location $50.00
- Unleashed Dog on Street $50.00
- Unleashed Dog on Public School Grounds $50.00
- Vicious Dog $200.00
- Unmuzzled Vicious Dog $200.00
Exploring Oak Bay with your dog
Whether looking for a new park to visit or a new trail to walk, check out the District's Animal Control Bylaw to see the rules and regulations throughout Oak Bay.
Clarification of regulations surrounding dogs at Willows Beach and McNeill Bay
Dogs are not permitted to be off-leash at Willows Beach or McNeill Bay at any time. The Federal Government regulates dogs and cats on the entire foreshore area around the District. Because this Federal regulation exists, and is enforced by Federal and Provincial staff, the District’s bylaw regarding dogs is silent on the requirement for leashes within the waterfront area. This has resulted in a practice of off-leash dog use in both McNeill Bay and Willows Beach; for clarity, no off-leash access is permitted.
Section 5 of the Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations states that dogs and cats are not permitted to run at large at any time and must be under the continuous and effective control of their owners at all times. This will typically be on-leash but could also mean held in the owner’s arms.
As of October 1, 2021, when we typically return to using the beaches such as Willows Beach and McNeill Bay with our furry friends, remember dogs must be on-leash. Leash BEFORE you beach.
Dogs are not permitted on Willows Beach between May 1 and September 30.
Below are a set of links to dog-relevant bylaws: