It was recently announced that in 2023, the Town of Tecumseh will be switching to a new system for dog licensing. In the meantime, your current dog licence/tag(s) will remain valid. Thank you for your patience while we make this transition to a new and convenient online service provider.

Online Kennel Licence Application

We issue dog licences, enforce bylaws around animal control and dangerous dogs, and maintain a leash-free Dog Park located at 12000 St. Jacques, Tecumseh behind the Tecumseh Recreation Complex and Arena. We work with the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society to respond to animal issues in the community. The Town can also provide you with information on how to control other pests. View our Cat Spay or Neuter Program page to get information on how to control the cat population.

If you have a problem with a dog or would like to report dogs running at large, please call our Dog Control Officer at 519-562-1730.

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 Dog tag application form and fees

In case of emergency, a dog tag can be a lifeline with your dog. They allow us to contact dog owners about animal health and safety concerns and reunite dogs with their families. Licence fees support services such as animal control and leash-free dog parks.

You can complete and pay for your dog tag(s) online!  The Dog Licence Renewal Application is submitted electronically along with the licence fee which is as follows: 

$20.00 per dog (maximum of 3 dogs) - January 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022;

$35.00 per dog - April 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022;

$10.00 per dog - replacement tag. 

The payment options are:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard.

The dog tag(s) you purchase will be kept for the life of the dog. You will be sent a notice each year for renewal but no further dog tags will be mailed out.

If you have a service dog, please let us know.

Submit Dog Licence Application

For more information on the dog tag licensing program, see the Frequently Asked Questions below. 

 Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the cost of a dog tag?

$20.00 per dog - January 1 to March 31;

$35.00 per dog - April 1 to December 31;

$10.00 per dog - replacement tag.

Please email us if you have a service dog.

How do I renew and/or purchase dog tags?

Dog Tags can be completed online by using the Dog Licence Application.

The dog tag you purchase will be kept for the life of the dog. You will be sent a notice each year for renewal but no further dog tags will be mailed out.

The Dog Licence Application is submitted electronically and payment may be processed using the following credit cards:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard.

The new dog tag will be sent by return mail. 

Why does the Town of Tecumseh license dogs?

The dog licensing program is not a revenue source for the Town. It is a protective program intended to offset the costs associated with regulating and controlling dogs running-at-large; providing a dog catcher; and maintaining the Dog Pound. 

The dog tag also forms an important method of identifying a dog that either has been captured, running-at-large, or found and reported by a neighbour so that it may be returned to its owner.

How many dogs are you permitted to have?

In accordance with the Town’s Dog Licensing By-Law 2003-91, no person shall keep more than three (3) dogs in any one dwelling unit or on any premises. 

What if I no longer own a dog(s)?

Please call 519-735-2184 ext. 101 to have the Town`s Dog Registry amended if you no longer own a dog(s). 

Does the Town of Tecumseh license cats? 

The Town of Tecumseh currently does not license cats.

In accordance with the Town of Tecumseh’s Animal Control By-Law 1999-07, no person shall keep more than three (3) cats in any one dwelling unit. 

Where can I find further information relating to dogs and/or animal control? 
You can contact the Corporate Services & Clerk's Department at 519-735-2184 ext. 101 or 143.
 By-Law enforcement

Please see the following by-laws on our Frequently Requested By-Laws page of the website.  

  • Bylaw 2003-91 - Dog Licensing and Control Bylaw (Bylaw 2017-61 Amendment)
  • Bylaw 2005-43 - Removal of dog excrement on public property
  • Bylaw 2002-07 - Noise bylaw 
Kennel licensing and fees 

If you own a dog kennel or wish to establish one, you must get a licence to operate from the Town. The kennel licence expires December 31 and you must renew it yearly.


$100.00 - January 1 to March 31, 2022

$125.00 - April 1 to December 31, 2022 

You are required to complete an online kennel licence application form if you wish to establish a kennel. Kennels cannot be located in areas zoned residential. You must ensure that your property is properly zoned for the location of a kennel. Please verify with the Development Services Department at 519-735-2184, ext. 123.

You can now complete and submit the payment for the Kennel License Application online.  The following credit cards may be used for payment:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard.

Kennel Licence Application Form

Kennel operators must also purchase dog tags for their personal dogs.  The cost of the dog tag is $20.00 per dog (maximum of 3) from January 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022 and $35.00 per dog from April 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

 Dog pound

The Lakeshore Dog Pound takes in dogs that are running at large. The facility is located at 914 Puce Road, Emeryville. To contact the Pound, call 519-727-3073. 

Poop and Scoop 
Bylaw 2003-91 and Bylaw 2005-43 require the removal of dog excrement from all public property. If you do not remove your pet's excrement, you could be fined up to $105.00. 
Pit bull ownership 

The Dog Owners' Liability Act assists in increasing public safety in relation to dogs, including pit bulls.

The Tecumseh OPP Detachment provides enforcement of the Dog Owners' Liability Act. Please contact 911 for assistance.

The Act includes the following

  • Authorize the commencement of a proceeding against a dog owner where the dog poses a menace to the safety of persons or domestic animals, or against a person who contravenes the Act, the regulations made under the Act or a court order made under the Act.
  • Adds to the orders that may or shall be made in those proceedings.
  • Except as permitted by the Act or regulations under it, in relation to pit bulls, prohibits owning, breeding, transferring, abandoning, importing and training to fight.
  • Provide an exception to the prohibition for "restricted pit bulls". These are pit bulls owned by an Ontario resident when the Bill came into force. Owners of restricted pit bulls must ensure compliance with the provisions of the Act and regulations relating to restricted pit bulls. These regulations include:
    • Leashing (less than 1.8 metres in length, of sufficient strength) and muzzling (humanely and sufficiently strong and well fitted to prevent biting) of restricted pit bulls.
    • Spaying or neutering of restricted pit bulls.
    • When kept within enclosed property, the property is enclosed in a way that can be relied on to prevent the pit bull from breaking out of the property.
  • Provides for controls on pit bulls. The definition of "pit bull" includes:
    • a pit bull terrier
    • a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
    • an American Staffordshire Terrier
    • an American Pit Bull Terrier
    • a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to dogs referred to in 1st and 4th bullet.
  • Provides for offences and increased penalties (up to $10,000 and six months of imprisonment) for contravention of the Act, regulations, or orders.
  • Provides for search and seizure of dogs under a warrant, in pressing circumstances or, in specified circumstances in a public place.
  • Provides that, in a court proceeding in which it is alleged that a dog is a pit bull, the onus is on the owner of the dog to prove otherwise.
  • Provides that where the owner of a pit bull is found to be in contravention of the Act, that pit bull must be ordered euthanized.
  • Authorize the making of regulations respecting the control of pit bulls. 
Wildlife rabies control information 
The Government of Ontario website contains information about rabies in Ontario, and what to do if you think you have come into contact with rabies. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit also has information on rabies. 
 Livestock valuer
If livestock is killed by a dog or wild animal, the owner of the livestock may claim and be compensated for damages through the Town of Tecumseh. The Livestock Valuer appointed by the Town of Tecumseh will need to make an onsite visit to your property to assess the damage and loss of livestock. Please contact the Clerk's Department for the Livestock Valuer's contact information.