Your Licensing Guide

Why License?

In accordance with local laws, pet licences are mandatory in the Township of Woolwich. In fact, licences are mandatory in nearly every community across North America. Why? Because licences help keep pets and the communities they live in safe. DocuPet was brought on board to simplify and improve pet licensing to benefit not only pet owners like you, but the entire community. DocuPet makes it easy for the Township of Woolwich to deliver a successful pet licensing program with a streamlined software and management solution that makes licensing a breeze for pet owners and administrators alike.

Check out the ways you can license your pet below and feel good knowing that 100% of licensing revenue funds are given to the Township of Woolwich to support important animal welfare initiatives helping to improve your community.

How to License

  • Online
  • In-person
  • Mail
  • Phone

The fastest and easiest way to license or renew is right here. You’ll create a profile for your pet, upload any necessary documents, process your licence registration, and receive purchase confirmations via email. Payment can be made using a credit card or Visa/Mastercard debit card. Each year, you just need to log in to your existing account and renew - it’s super easy!

Renew my pet's licence

My pet has a licence, but it has expired or will very soon.

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License a pet for the first time

I've never licensed a pet with the Township of Woolwich before.

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In person licensing is available at the following location(s) however it’s important to know you will still receive your tag in the mail:

Don’t forget to check hours of operation, appointment policies, and accepted payment methods prior to heading out.

Woolwich Administration Office:
24 Church St. W , Elmira, ON, N3B 2Z6

If you opt to license via snail mail - keep in mind processing your registration will take a lot longer!

Make sure you complete the below form in full and that it is free of any errors otherwise your registration may not be successfully processed. The fine print is there for a reason so keep an eye out for accepted payment methods, who the check should be made out to, where it should be mailed, and any required supporting documentation.

Pet licence form

Download Application Form

If you’re having trouble licensing online and need to get your registration processed in a hurry, you can give our customer care team a call and they may be able to process your pet licence over the phone. Note that we can only accept credit cards and Visa/Mastercard debit as payment.

DocuPet Customer Care: 1-855-249-1370
Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday (excluding holidays) from 9:00am-9:00pm EST

Township of Woolwich Details & Fees

Pet licences are required for all dogs living in the Township of Woolwich. They must be renewed every year prior to the expiration date. Licences expire exactly 365 days from the start date of the licence. You will receive reminders from us about upcoming licence expirations via mail, phone, and email.

Dog Licences 1 Year Fee Late Fee
Spayed/Neutered Dog $30.00 $15.00
Intact Dog $40.00 $15.00
Spayed/Neutered Dog
1 Year Fee $30.00
Late Fee $30.00
Intact Dog
1 Year Fee $40.00
Late Fee $30.00

A replacement Township of Woolwich tag is available for a $5.00 fee or at no additional charge when you license your pet.

When licensing a Certified Guide or Assistance Dog for the first time, licensing must be done in person. Future renewals may be done online once the status is verified.

Late fees apply 30 days following licence expiration.

Residents of the Township of Woolwich are allowed to own a maximum of 3 dogs.

Frequently Asked Questions


You may have entered your address incorrectly or we may not have your address in the address database for your community. Please double-check all spelling and ensure you are using the abbreviated form for your street type ex. St instead of Street. You may contact the Township of Woolwich directly if you believe you reside within their jurisdiction but your address is not being accepted by the system.

You may license in person at the Woolwich Adminstration Office located at 24 Chruch St. W, Elmira, ON N3B 2Z6. 

Licences are required to be renewed prior to the expiration date each year.

The Township of Woolwich provides licensing services for the following areas: Township of Woolwich

You may renew your pet's licence within 60 days of your pet's current licence expiration date. If you renew prior to the upcoming expiration date, your pet's new licence will start the day after expiration, not on the date of purchase.

Licences expire exactly 365 days from the license start date. If you renew prior to the upcoming expiration date, your pet's new licence will start the day after expiration, not on the date of purchase.


No, there is no discount for licensing multiple pets. Each pet will be charged the appropriate licensing fee.

Please visit the Township of Woolwich in person as kennel licensing is not processed through DocuPet. They are located at 24 Church St W in Elmira.

Visit this page for licensing options and fees. 

Failure to licence your pet my result in a fine. 

For all online orders, a processing fee is applied on licence purchases at a rate of 2.9% plus $0.30 per transaction.

Late fees come into effect if a licence is not renewed within 30 days of the original expiration date.

Please visit the Township of Woolwich in person if you are qualifying for this rate for the first time. Once the team there verifies your designation you will be able to renew online in future years.


If you are moving please be sure to update your address by logging into your online account and navigating to your Profile Settings page. Even though you are moving you’ll still be able to keep your pet's tag and access your pet's online account. However, your current licence may not be valid in the new community you are moving to. Please get in touch with the pet licensing provider in the new community you are moving to in order to find out more information.


Unless your dog was obtained prior to DOLA coming into place, the following breeds are banned: Pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, and American pit bull terriers.

The following species are required to be licensed: Dogs

You are allowed for a maximum of 3 dogs per dwelling.

Please get in touch with the Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society at 519-745-5615.

Visit this page for information on licensing bylaws. 


Visit our DocuPet Help Desk for more information.