Animal Control Bylaw Review

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As part of a regular review process, the City is seeking input on a number of proposed new provisions to its Animal Control Bylaw, which is aimed at ensuring the safety of people and animals.

Existing animal control regulations are different for the rural and urban parts of Kingston. New provisions are now being considered to regulate:

  • Exotic pets
  • Per household pet limits
  • Standard of care requirements
  • Leash-length requirements

The survey below is part of a data collection process. Staff will be collecting resident input on various requirements before preparing a draft bylaw for consideration by Council. At this

Cat, lizard, dog, fish and cockatiel


As part of a regular review process, the City is seeking input on a number of proposed new provisions to its Animal Control Bylaw, which is aimed at ensuring the safety of people and animals.

Existing animal control regulations are different for the rural and urban parts of Kingston. New provisions are now being considered to regulate:

  • Exotic pets
  • Per household pet limits
  • Standard of care requirements
  • Leash-length requirements

The survey below is part of a data collection process. Staff will be collecting resident input on various requirements before preparing a draft bylaw for consideration by Council. At this point, no draft has been prepared. The information collected as part of the survey will be presented at an online open house on Dec. 9.

Pet owners: Existing pet arrangements will likely be grandfathered in to any update to the Animal Control Bylaw.


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  • The City is required to regularly review the Animal By-law to ensure that it is effectively meeting the needs of all residents. Additionally, the City intends to add/change provisions in the bylaw to: 

    • encourage responsible pet ownership and  
    • provide Municipal Law Enforcement Officers with the tools necessary to enforce these rules.  

    Responses collected through this survey will be used to help inform the City’s Licensing and Enforcement Division throughout the review process and as they prepare a draft bylaw for consideration by council. At this point, no draft has been prepared.

    This survey consists of 22 questions and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. It will ask a range of questions on pet ownership regulations.  

    Survey closes Nov30, 2020 at 4 p.m. 

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