Municipal Bylaws

Because we share the same space!

In order for pet guardians, their pets and the population in general to coexist harmoniously, we must join our efforts to ensure the fair sharing of common territory. Thus, it is important to respect municipal bylaws. The following are some of the main municipal bylaws that have been adopted in the various municipalities in the Eastern Townships:

Dogs at Large

All dogs are prohibited from being at large. While off the property of the pet guardian, dogs must be securely restrained by a leash held by a person capable of properly controlling the dog.


It is the responsibility of the pet guardian to immediately remove and dispose of feces in a suitable, sanitary manner.

Stray Animals

A stray animal is considered a nuisance. Any stray animal that is found must immediately be reported and brought to the Eastern Townships SPA.

Noise and Damage

Keeping an animal that causes moral damage, physical harm, property damage or any other form of damage to neighborhood residents is considered a nuisance. The following is a partial list of different forms of damage:

  • Morally, physically or materially disturbing residents and their guests in such a way that it interferes with their tranquility, rest and quality of life;
  • Barking, howling, whistling, meowing or repeated yelling that can disrupt the residents’ comfort, quality of life and/or peace of mind;
  • Damaging the residents’ property, whether it be the building itself, furniture or  accessories, the lawn, a garden, flowers or flower beds, shrubs or other plants.


In order to be entitled to keep a dog or cat* within municipal boundaries, guardians must obtain the appropriate pet licence at the Eastern Townships SPA.

Traps and Poison Bait

Use of, or allowing the use of poison bait or traps, except for live traps, to capture animals is strictly prohibited within municipal boundaries.

Are you experiencing a nuisance case? Please contact the Eastern Townships SPA at 819-821-4727, option 5.

* The majority of citizens living in the Eastern Townships are subject to a bylaw requiring the registration of cats. If you are unsure whether your municipality has adopted this bylaw, please contact the Eastern Townships SPA to verify.