Municipal Licensing and Standards Public Consultation: Public input invited on rules/guidelines for responsible dog ownership

Owner and two dogs walking on trail

Public input invited on rules/guidelines for responsible dog ownership


The City of Toronto is conducting a review of its Animals Bylaw to determine how the City can effectively balance, manage and address dog behaviour, owner responsibility and public safety.


Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 349, Animals, outlines registration/licensing requirements and the requirement to leash dogs on public property except where permitted, such as in off-leash parks. The bylaw also covers how the City responds to dogs at large (on the loose) or dogs that have bitten people or animals.


The goal of the review is to address City Council’s direction to provide recommendations on how the City can effectively respond to incidents of dog bites and dogs that may pose a risk to public safety.


The City will hold the consultation meetings to obtain public input. All meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, September 24: Scarborough Civic Centre (Committee Room 2)
  • Monday, September 28: City Hall (Committee Room 4)
  • Thursday, October 1: North York Civic Centre (Committee Room 3)
  • Monday, October 5: Etobicoke Civic Centre (Main Boardroom)
  • Tuesday October 6: East York Civic Centre (Committee Room A)


More information about the review and current regulations, as well as a public survey, can be found at


Staff will report to the November 26 meeting of the Licensing and Standards Committee on the findings of the consultation and possible bylaw changes.