Animal Services

Animal Bylaw revision

A review and community consultation of the Animal Bylaw resulted in changes to provide better clarity. The revised bylaw, approved by Council March 14, 2016, includes a number of improvements, most notably in the sections related to animals in heat, noise, number of animals in a persons care in an off lease area, threatening behaviours and the addition of an aggression scale to aid Peace Officers and the Court in gauging the severity of animal attacks. Animal licence fees included in the revised Bylaw are applied as of April 1, 2016.

General information

All dogs and cats over three months old must have a current Town of Cochrane licence.

I want to...

Pay for my animal licence
• to use the Town's eServices portal; have your Citizen Self-Service user ID and password ready.
• don't have a user ID and password? Use the link for Citizen Self-Service Registration first
• call 403-851-2528 (only VISA or MasterCard accepted)

Register my dog or cat
• get a licence for your new pet

Update my account/change information
• sign up for email billing
• update my contact information
• add a new pet
• deceased pet
Found or lost an animal?

• search for the owner
• register your information so anyone who finds your pet can find you

Find out more about pet licences and fees

Find out more about responsible pet ownership

Fun Facts

  • Dogs can enjoy Town pathways on a leash with their owners
  • There are two off-leash parks in Town, totalling 6 hectares.
  • Dispensers with biodegradable waste bags can be found in 10 locations on Town parks and pathways.


Under the Animal Bylaw 04/2016, both dogs and cats in Cochrane must be licensed. Cats must remain on their owner's property and may not roam. Dogs must always be under their owner's control when off their property, and must be on leash except in designated off-leash areas.

Check the Animal Bylaw FAQ for more information.