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Animal Control

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The City of Waterloo's animal control by-law (no. 2009-047) regulates the keeping of animals within the city.

General information


  • Keep your dog on a leash - our by-law prohibits dogs running at large
  • All dogs over 12 weeks old must be licensed - get your annual dog tags each year on or before March 1
  • Pick up excrement left by your dog on any property, including your own
  • There is a limit of three dogs per household

Dog restrictions are in schedule E of the by-law.

Dangerous dogs

Our dangerous dog by-law (no. 1998-92) relates to dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs and also provides for the licensing, regulation and prohibition of pitbulls in Waterloo.

Contact the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society at 519-745-5615 to report an aggressive dog.


Keep your cat or kitten in a manner that does not negatively impact your neighbours in one of the following ways:

  • Offensive odours
  • Noise that may disturb others
  • Straying or roaming
  • Accumulation of feces

Cat restrictions are in schedule D of the by-law.

Fowl (including chicken)

  • Fowl is prohibited unless it is on land that is zoned for agricultural purposes or for residential uses provided the fowl was being kept on the land in question at the date of the enactment of this by-law - April 27, 2009 - and registered with the city
  • The number of chickens owned at the date of the enactment of this by-law may be maintained, meaning chickens can be replaced up to that number
  • The permission to continue to raise chickens is site specific - this means that chickens cannot be relocated to a new property if the owner moves

Fowl restrictions are in schedule C of the by-law.