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 Dog Control Bylaw requires all dog owners to obtain a license for pets and a "poop and scoop" law is in effect throughout the Municipality.
Dog Walking & Leashes
The Dog Control Bylaw requires all dogs to be leashed on all streets, sidewalks and public walkways, and in many parks. With or without a leash, dogs must not be on Willows Beach between May 1 and September 30. Dogs are prohibited at all times from the Turkey Head Walkway, the Native Plant Park, the Henderson Park Golf Course, Kitty Islet at the Eastern end of McNeil Bay, and the Windsor Park Rose Garden.
Maps of sites where dog are permitted are available as a dynamic online map,
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.
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The dog control regulations are enforced by:
564 David Street
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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
Below are a set of links to dog-relevant bylaws: