The city is changing deadlines for dog licences.

The city is changing deadlines for dog licences.

City of Surrey changes dog licence renewal deadlines

New requirements for dog licences begin this month

  • Sep. 29, 2016 1:00 p.m.

The City of Surrey is changing the requirements for dog licences beginning this month. While previously dog owners received annual renewal notices based on the anniversary of when they first purchased their pooch permit, new licenses will be valid from January 1 to December 31 beginning October 2016, and all future licence renewals will be due on  New Year’s Day.

Regardless of when dog owners  last paid to renew a licence, they can expect a renewal notice in late November or early December. If a licence expires between now and the end of 2016, the amount charged in the notice will include the remaining months of the year year plus 2017 licence fees. For current licences that expire in 2017, the city will carry over any prepaid amounts to the new, 2017 annual notice. For example, if you have paid until March 31, 2017, your fees in your new invoice will cover April 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

All dogs over the age of six months living in Surrey must have a current licence and are required to wear it at all times on a collar around their neck. Any unlicensed dog risks being impounded by animal control officers. Fees for licences differ depending on whether the dog is spayed or neutered, the owner is a senior citizen (65 or older) or if the dog is considered dangerous or potentially dangerous.Proof of spay/neuter and/or senior citizen status must be provided to the City of Surrey to receive the reduced fee.

Renewals can be made online. Call 604-592-2601 or e-mail doglicensing@surrey.ca if you have any questions about the process.

Surrey North Delta Leader