Animal Control By-Law

print-logo February 14, 2020
Department: Corporate Services


Daphne Livingstone
Legislative Services Manager/Deputy Clerk
Corporate Services Department
905-885-4544 x2234

Tania Wilson

Administrative Assistant
Corporate Services Department
905-885-4544 x2201

The proposed Animal Control By-law is being posted for a period of two weeks to allow for public review and feedback.

The Animal Control By-law 18/2014 has been in place since 2014. The proposed updates to the By-law include some new requirements, but also maintain a number of the current provisions, regulate the registration and licensing of dogs and prohibit running at large (which means dogs who are not leashed in public spaces), within the Municipality of Port Hope. As such, the passing of this By-law would repeal the previous By-law 18/2014, with many of the provisions of the new By-law carried over from By-law 18/2014.

As you read through the proposed By-law, you may wish to consider the following features; however, feedback and comments are welcome on all aspects of the By-law:

  • The proposed By-law references Municipal Animal Services. The name change from The Shelter of Hope took place in 2015. Municipal Animal Services continues to enforce the By-law.

  • The By-law specifically requires all dogs to be licensed. Dog tags are available from the Municipality or Municipal Animal Services for $20.00 for dogs that are spayed or neutered and $35.00 for those that are not. These fees have not changed.

  • There is a limit to the number of dogs that residents of Port Hope can own/have. People that live in single detached homes can currently have up to 3 dogs. People that live in multi-unit dwellings such as town houses or apartments can have up to 2 dogs.

  • If you live in a rural agricultural zone that has a valid kennel license, you can have additional dogs. Kennel licenses are issued in accordance to By-law 38/2007, and currently only to those in place prior to 2001.

  • Formerly, Municipality of Port Hope Council was the appeal body for Orders to Restrain, an order issued to owners of dogs residing in Port Hope that have bitten a person or domestic animal. The proposed By-law identifies the Joint Municipal Animal Services Board as the appeal body and the host municipality as the municipality in which the owner of the dog resides. The appeal fee has been increased from $25 to $100 to cover the cost of administration. The increased fee is reflected in the current approved Fees and Charges By-law for the Municipality of Port Hope.

  • The Set Fines schedule has been updated and expanded to provide a total of 15 possible convictions with fines ranging from $100 to $500 under Part 1 of the Provincial Offences Act.

Please review the following documents for additional information and provide your feedback about the proposed Animal Control By-law  below:

The Commenting Period is currently open until Friday, February 28, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Feedback can be provided in one of three ways:
1) Please complete a comment form and forward by email to
2) Please complete a comment form and mail or deliver in-person to the Municipality of Port Hope, 56 Queen Street, Port Hope, ON
3) Please complete the online form: Animal Control By-Law Comment Form

Animal Control By-Law