Dog Runs, Regulations & Licences

Westmount takes great pride in its reputation as a dog-friendly community. Along with the Westmount Dog Owners Association, the city has worked diligently to create policies and facilities that respond to the needs of our canine friends and their owners.

Westmount dog regulations, outlined in the By-law 535 concerning dogs, stipulate, among other things, that:

  • Dogs must wear a valid licence at all times.
  • Dog feces must always be collected.
  • Dogs are to be on a maximum six foot leash when on public property.
  • Households may keep a maximum of three dogs older than six months at any one time.
  • Unattended or lost dogs may be impounded by the Public Safety Department.

By-Law 535 concerning dogs

The dog owner may be prosecuted if:

  • the dog bites a person or damages public or private property.
  • the dog barks or howls excessively.
  • the dog is off-leash or unaccompanied while off the owner’s property.
  • the dog is without a valid licence.
  • the owner does not clean up after his/her dog.

Failure to abide by these regulations can result in fines of up to $300.

Using a Westmount dog run is an excellent opportunity for your canine buddy to get some exercise, but remember that a dog license is mandatory and all regulations apply. Please note that a curfew is in effect in all of Westmount’s public parks between midnight and 5 a.m. daily.

Fenced Dog Runs
Dogs off-leash during designated hours

  • King George Park: off-leash 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Westmount Athletic Grounds: off-leash 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.
  • Westmount Park: off-leash 5 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Unfenced Dog Runs
Dogs off-leash from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m. ONLY

  • Surrey Gardens
  • Notre-Dame-de-Grace Ave. at Claremont Ave.
  • Wood Avenue
  • Prospect St.
  • Weredale Park

Summit Woods
It is prohibited for anyone to allow or to bring more than four dogs at a time in Summit Woods. Please note that off-leash hours vary by season, according to the dates listed below, and that Public Safety officers will issue fines to those that fail to observe the by-law. 

  • November 1st to April 15th: off leash 5 a.m. to midnight
  • April 16th to June 15th: on leash AT ALL TIMES
  • June 16th to October 31st: on leash 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; off leash 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight.

Interactive map of Westmount's dog parks

Residents seeking a lost pet should contact Public Safety and the SPCA. Unattended or lost dogs may be impounded by the Public Safety Department.

  • Public Safety will contact the owner if the dog is licensed.
  • The dog will be held for up to four days at the owner’s expense at the Montreal SPCA shelter.

Public Safety Department | 21, Stanton Street| 514 989-5222
SPCA | 5215, Jean-Talon W. | 514 735-2711 | admin@spca.com

The City of Westmount entered into a new agreement with the SPCA in 2011.

Consult the contract here. (*available in French only)

Westmount launched a new online system for dog permits on November 1st, 2016, making it easier than ever to obtain or renew a permit by visiting the City’s website. The new permit includes a permanent medal for your dog.

Click here to access the new online system for dog permits.

No person shall keep a dog in the City, unless a license has been issued by the City for such dog and is still in force, and unless such dog bears a numbered tag or plate indicating such license for the current year.

You can also obtain a license in person at the Permits Office at Public Safety, 21 Stanton Street, 2nd Floor, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., by submitting:

  • a completed and signed Westmount dog licence application form;
  • a certificate signed by a veterinary surgeon that the dog has been inoculated against rabies within thirty-six (36) months prior to applying for the permit.

The dog permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase. The following fees apply:

  • $30 for obtaining an annual permit ($50 for non-residents)
  • $15 for the replacement of the medallion

Permits Office, Public Safety Department | 21 Stanton Street, 2nd Floor |  514 989-5200