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Excess Animal Permit

A person having more than six dogs and cats over the age of six months, or more than four dogs over the age of six months, without holding a valid Excess Animal Permit may face charges under the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law. The person would be required to appear before a magistrate in Provincial Court.

Applying for an Excess Animal Permit

  1. Pick up an application package at the Animal Services Agency at 1057 Logan Avenue during (regular business hours).

    Application package includes:
    • Application form to be be completed and returned with the application fee to the Animal Services Agency
    • Letter of Support Form to be completed and returned with your application. The Letter of Support should include signatures of neighbours within your immediate area. It is especially helpful if your immediate neighbours (north, south, east and west) have signed the Letter of Support.
    • A copy of Responsible Pet Ownership By-law
  2. The Animal Services Agency will forward your application to the City of Winnipeg, Planning, Property and Development Department - Zoning Division on your behalf. Staff from Zoning will contact you directly, if necessary.
  3. The Animal Services Agency will contact you to arrange an initial inspection of your property.
  4. You will be required to appear before your area's Community Committee. You will be notified by letter once your appearance has been scheduled and advised of:
    • The Community Committee meeting date, time and location.
    • The date that the required property posters will be available for pick-up at the Animal Services Agency (1057 Logan Avenue).
    • The date that the required property posters must be erected and maintained on the subject property.

As the applicant you will be responsible for the following:

  1. Posters must be erected and maintained on the property in the following manner:
    • ON the subject property
    • No more than one (1) metre in from the property line
    • Facing out towards street or lane frontages in a manner that can be easily read by passersby on the sidewalk, street or lane.
    • Posters must be in conspicuous locations facing each street or alley adjacent to the land or building referred to in the notice (on the poster).
    • Posters may be attached to any surface such as walls, trees, and fences or within windows, providing the above regulations are followed.
    • Posters MUST NOT be attached to public utility poles; any such placement will constitute a violation of the posting requirements.
    • Posters must remain up for the required fourteen (14) days prior to the public hearing, not including the posting date or the hearing date.
    • Arrange to obtain replacement posters by calling the Animal Services Agency at 311 immediately if the posters have been damaged or removed due to vandalism or adverse weather conditions.
  2. Failure to adhere to the above outlined posting requirements may result in a delay in the consideration of your application.
  3. Your property will be inspected during the posting period to ensure posting procedures have been followed and you will be notified of any non-compliance. This does not, however, preclude your own surveillance of the property or your responsibility to contact the Animal Services Agency should you notice any irregularities.
  4. Attend or authorize some other person to represent you at the Community Committee public hearing. You will be advised of the date, time and location.
  5. If you fail to appear or be represented, the application will be considered in your absence.
  6. You must remove all notices from the subject property immediately after the date of the public hearing.
  7. The decision of Community Committee cannot be appealed. Permits are renewable annually. There is an annual inspection fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I breed dogs or cats from my home?
  • All unsterilized dogs and cats over the age of 6 months require an unsterilized (intact) dog license or an unsterilized (intact) cat license.You must also purchase the required permits from the City of Winnipeg, Planning, Property and Development Department - Zoning Division.

    Depending on how many litters of dogs and/or cats you have, you may have to obtain a provincial permit. Contact the Province of Manitoba at 204-945-7662 or visit the Animal Care Act for more information.
Can I open a kennel from my home?
  • If you plan to operate a kennel, you will require permits from the City of Winnipeg, Planning, Property and Development Department - Zoning Division, as well as the necessary provincial permits. Contact the Province of Manitoba at 204-945-7662 for more information.
How do I register a complaint regarding someone having too many animals?
Is a litter of kittens considered over the limit?
My neighbours have a lot of birds in their house. Is this allowed?
Last update: December 8, 2015