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The Law & Your Pets

City of Barrie by-laws regulate the keeping of pets and other animals within the City. Please refer to City of Barrie By-law.

For additional information download the Registering Your Pet Brochure.

Dogs are permitted in non-waterfront parks and on walking paths only in Heritage Park, Allandale Station Park and Centennial Park provided the dog is on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. Dogs are permitted to run off-leash in the Sunnidale Dog Off Leash Recreation Area. Dogs must not be left unattended. The dog must be in the care, control and custody of its owner or guardian at all times.

Except as permitted above, animals of any kind are not permitted in any City park, unless authorized by the City.

No more than three (3) dogs over the age of six (6) months may be kept in any residential, commercial or industrial building in the City of Barrie with the exception of the operation of a licensed kennel for the purpose of breeding or boarding animals, animal hospitals, pet stores or the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shelter or pound.

City of Barrie by-laws also enable Municipal Law Enforcement Officers to deal with any animal deemed to be vicious.

City of Barrie by-laws require that you 'stoop and scoop'. Please think of your neighbours and friends and clean up after your pets. (Help keep our parks, yards and city monuments clean.)


The animal control by-laws are enforced by the City of Barrie Municipal Law Enforcement Office (705) 739-4241. Information regarding veterinary clinics or dog obedience training schools can be obtained by contacting Information Information Barrie at (705) 728-1010.

The Do's & Don'ts of Pet Care


  • License your dog annually with the City of Barrie.
  • Be aware of the municipal laws regulating the keeping of your dog and other pets.
  • Keep your dog on a leash whenever it is not on your own private property. When dogs are not leashed they may be exposed to a dangerous situation or may interfere in an unwelcome way with the activities of people.
  • Register your pet as a patient and yourself as a client with a veterinarian.
  • Spay or neuter your pet.  It will help keep your pet at home.
  • Be sure to have your pet checked and vaccinated annually by a qualified veterinarian.
  • Feed your pet from its own dishes which should be kept apart from those of the human family.
  • Keep your pet clean and well groomed.
  • Make the proper arrangements for the care of your pet when you are going on holidays.


  • Do not allow your pet to foul buildings, pavements, lawns and gardens or any city parks, fields, etc.
  • Do not allow your pet to be noisy and thereby disturb your neighbours.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle or without a supply of fresh water.
  • Do not allow your pet to sleep in your bed.
  • Do not take your dog into a food shop.
  • Do not allow your dog to be uncontrolled. Train your dog in elementary obedience.

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