The town’s Animal Control By-law 2018-006 regulates keeping of pets and other animals within the town. 

The by-law provides regulations for:

  • Licensing requirements (required for dogs only)
  • Pets at large (off leash and not on the owner's property)
  • Leash requirements
  • Standards of care
  • Animals residents can have in their homes, and
  • Number of pets per household.

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times on public property, when not in a designated leash free areas according to the Parks By-law and Animal Control By-law. Having your dog off-leash where not permitted is a ticketable offence.

Under the by-law you must obtain a dog licence seven days from the date you become a dog owner or seven days from the date you move to Oakville if you already own a dog. The Oakville identification tag must be affixed at all times.