Animal Control Bylaw Review

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Cat, lizard, dog, fish and cockatiel


View the Animal Bylaw Review Survey reporting back.


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

Cat, lizard, dog, fish and cockatiel


View the Animal Bylaw Review Survey reporting back.


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.


  • March 12 | project update

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    Staff will now be providing the final report and draft animal by-law at the June 24 Arts, Recreation and Community Policies Committee meeting. The timeline for the report has been extended in order to conduct additional stakeholder consultation on the potential updates to the by-law as detailed in our January 2021 update and to allow staff additional time to finalize the operational aspects of the by-law.

    If you would like your further information, have questions or would like to provide additional feedback please contact Derek Ochej at dochej@cityofkingston.ca.