Dog Control Bylaw and Policy 2015

Closed 7 Apr 2015

Opened 4 Mar 2015


Consultation on the Dog Control Bylaw and Policy 2015 has now closed. Submissions were open from 4 March 2015 to 7 April 2015.

The Hamilton Dog Control Policy and Bylaw encourages responsible dog ownership and sets outs the council’s approach to dealing with dog issues in the city. The policy and bylaw also identifies where dogs are allowed to exercise off leash in the city.

We’ve recently reviewed the policy and bylaw and are proposing some minor changes that will clarify dogs owners’ responsibilities, help us deal with dogs that repeatedly roam and allow us to increase the number of parks where dogs can be exercised off leash.


A total of 48 submissions were received, with six submitters requesting to speak at the hearings. To read the submission, please click here.

Document Description
Statement of Proposal (PDF, 1.98MB)

Provides an overview of the proposed changes. Includes a copy of the bylaw and policy. 

Fact sheet (PDF, 279KB) One-pager on what is being proposed 
Pooches and Parks Plan (PDF, 2.20MB)            This document has been developed, after two rounds of consultation last year, to guide decision making around how our parks are used.