City reviewing animal control bylaws, seeks community input

Guelph, Ont., November 5, 2015 – Residents will have an opportunity later this month to provide input into the development of a new animal control bylaw.

The City, with the assistance of the Animal Control Bylaw Working Group (ACWG), is reviewing and consolidating its four animal control bylaws to make sure they meet the community’s needs for regulating poultry, and domestic and exotic animals in Guelph.

Ideally, City bylaws are reviewed every five years. However, only the bylaw regulating exotic and non-domestic animals has been reviewed in the last five years.

After a number of meetings over the past two years, the ACWG—comprised of community members, agency representatives, and City employees—is proposing a number of bylaw recommendations including expanding animal licensing to include other animals (e.g. cats, reptiles, poultry), prohibiting all animals from running at large, and introducing limits on the number of dogs and cats for each household.

“As we work to develop a new animal control bylaw, it is important we hear from the public to ensure it best reflects the needs of the community,” says Doug Godfrey, manager of Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing.

Four meetings will be held between November 19 and 26 at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, to give members of the public a chance to learn more about the review, ask questions, and to tell City staff what they think about the proposed bylaw recommendations.

At each interactive session, facilitated by Rebecca Sutherns of Sage Solutions, the following topics will be discussed:

  • Animal licensing
  • Animals in public spaces
  • Exotic animals
  • Limits on animals

Animal Control Bylaw Review Public meetings

November 19
9:30 a.m. to noon

November 24
9:30 a.m. to noon
6-8:30 p.m.

November 26

6-8:30 p.m.

As space is limited, advance registration is required. Register at

In addition to the public meetings, an online survey will be available on November 27 at The survey closes December 31 at 11:59 p.m.

All feedback received during the community engagement process will help staff create a final draft bylaw for Council’s consideration in 2016.

For more information

Doug Godfrey
Manager, Bylaw Compliance, Security and Licensing
519-822-1260 extension 2520