Reminders for pet owners

June 09, 2021

Reminders for pet owners


The City of Iqaluit would like to remind residents to follow the Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law 796 that outlines the requirements for all pet owners within the City of Iqaluit.

All animal owners are required to obtain an annual yearly license tag from the City of Iqaluit, on or before January 5th in each calendar year.

All animals must be prevented from “Running at Large”, and when off its property must be leashed and under the control and supervision of a person at least 18 years of age.

Animals found “Running at Large” are and will be subject to impoundment and kept in the Care of Municipal Enforcement for 72-hours.

If the owner of the animal does not come forward to claim their pet within the 72-hour timeframe, the Enforcement Department will then transfer ownership of the animal to the Iqaluit Humane Society.

Upon impoundment of an animal and to retrieve their animal, the owner will be required to pay the associated costs as specified in bylaw 796, including but not limited to an impound fee ($75.00), licensing fee ($55.00 for unaltered), ($35.00 spayed or neutered (proof required) and any other fees or charges identified by the Enforcement Officer under By-Law 796.

Additional fines to the owner of an animal, including but not limited to an animal “Running at Large”, unlicensed, attacking, chasing or harassing any person or animal, and subject to declaration of “Vicious Animal” if deemed necessary, disturbing the peace, or any other contravention outlined therein.

The City applies the provisions set forth in the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw in a fair and reasonable manner; however, pet owners must do their part to ensure that all provisions are adhered.

The full version of the Responsible Pet Ownership By-Law 796 is located on the City of Iqaluit website,, under City hall, City Council, Bylaws.

By-Law 796:


Lisa Milosavljevic
Communications and Customer Service Manager
City of Iqaluit