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Domestic and exotic pets are, for the most part, permitted in Ville de Châteauguay territory, but some rules about their care and keeping must be upheld.



These animals can be kept in captivity in a dwelling if, on maturity:

  • They do not exceed 1 metre (3.25 ft.) in length or, for snakes, 2 metres (6.5 ft.).
  • They do not weigh more than 45 kg (100 lb.).

It is prohibited to have more than four animals in the same dwelling.

If this number is exceeded in the case of an animal that gives birth, the animal’s owner must dispose of the offspring within 60 days of birth to comply with the provisions of the by-laws in effect.


The owner must keep the animal on their property in such a way that it cannot leave or wander around the city. Any animal kept outside a building must be retained by a device (harness, leash, fence, etc.) that prevents it from leaving the property.

A pet may not be on a private property without the consent of the owner or tenant of that property.


The owner of an animal in Châteauguay must have a licence from the city.


The owner of an animal is responsible for damage caused by the animal and for any infractions under city by-laws.

By adopting an animal, the owner undertakes to:

  • Provide the animal with a pleasant, safe environment suited to its needs.
  • Provide the required daily care.
  • Provide access to appropriate veterinary care, both to prevent disease and when health problems arise.
  • Provide positive training, based on stimulation, play and rewards that reinforce good behaviour.

Barking, meowing, howling, growling, screeching, singing or making any other noise that disturbs the peace or bothers others is an infraction and is prohibited.

In such cases, complainants can contact the SPCA Roussillon, which is responsible for enforcing this by-law.


A dog whose behaviour presents a danger to public security may be evaluated and appropriate measures, ranging from capture to the euthanasia, for a dangerous dog, may be taken, at the cost of the owner or keeper.

A dog is deemed dangerous if it attempts or succeeds in any of the following actions:

  • Biting or attacking a person
  • Doing something that could endanger a person, an animal or property
  • Biting another animal kept in captivity, causing immediate death

A dog is also deemed dangerous if it has been declared so after evaluation by a specialist in dog behaviour.


Any pigeon house in which pigeons are kept or hutch in which rabbits are kept must be located more than 60 metres (200 ft.) in a straight line from any dwelling.


Specific standards may apply to kennels and dog houses.


An administrative codification is a document that combines the original text of a by-law with all the amendments made since its adoption. It has no legal weight but is, rather, a tool created solely to make it easier to read and understand the by-law as a whole. Only the original by-law and its amending by-laws have legal weight.

Answers to your questions

  • To report an animal that presents a danger to public security or that has caused an injury, dial 911.

  • The first step in resolving this kind of situation is to talk about it to your neighbour. Perhaps they are unaware that their dog’s behaviour irritates you. If the problem persists despite your efforts, you can contact the SPCA Roussillon, the organization responsible for enforcing animal by-laws on the territory. An inspector will meet with the offender. If the situation continues, a ticket may be issued.

  • The first step in resolving this kind of situation is to talk about it to your neighbour. Perhaps they are unaware that their cat’s behaviour bothers you. Under the by-laws, a cat cannot go on to a neighbour’s property without the neighbour’s permission. If you wish to file a complaint, you can contact the SPCA Roussillon, which may meet with the cat’s owner. If the situation continues, a ticket may be issued.

  • If your dog is not in a secure, enclosed place, it must always be on a leash. For example, if you are in your front yard, your dog must be leashed.

Do you need further details? Contact us!

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  • You can contact us by phone at 450-698-3000

    From Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon

  • You can come to the reception desk at City Hall .

    From Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon




The texts and administrative codifications presented on this site do not replace the official by-laws of Ville de Châteauguay. They have no official weight. Although we make every effort to ensure that all the information is accurate and complete, we cannot guarantee its integrity, or that the information is current or accurate. In case of a discrepancy between the official text and the information published on this site, the official text always takes precedence. Ville de Châteauguay cannot be held responsible for errors or omissions of any nature on the site.

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