All dogs must have a valid licence and wear a dog licence tag. This means that both the dog, and its owner, are registered with us.
It is against the law not to have a licence for your dog unless the dog is:
- a puppy under six months old and kept by the person who is also the keeper of the mother that gave birth to the puppy
- an assistance dog used by a disabled person
- a police dog
If you own a dog, you must make sure it wears the dog licence which the council gives you. You must also make sure it wears an identity tag, with your name, address and contact telephone number, to help us trace you if the dog goes missing.
Applying for a Licence
Apply for a dog licence online
You can also call us on 028 3752 9600 or email email@example.com to request an application form.
Please note that we can’t register dogs as ‘mongrels’. You can check the breed of your dog by visiting the Kennel Club website
Single dog licence
A single dog licence is £12.50 and is valid for one year.
If you are aged 65 or older, a dog licence for your first dog is free, and you are entitled to a concessionary fee of £5 for any additional dog.
Concessionary licences of £5 are also available if, at the time of registration, you receive any of the following income related benefits:
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
Block dog licence
A block dog licence is £32 and is for dog breeders or kennels with three or more unsterilized bitches, any of which are used for breeding. This is valid for one year.
No concessions are available for block licences.
Refunds and transfers
If your dog dies, you can apply for a refund of your licence. You must apply within six months of your dog’s death.
Application for a Refund of Dog Licence Fee
You can also transfer your licence to another dog but, again, you must do this within six months of your dog’s death.
Application for Dog Licence Transfer Certificate
Fines For Not Licensing Your Dog
From 3 October, the fixed penalty notices for dog licensing offences are as follows:
- not having a licence for your dog – £75 (£50 if paid within 14 days)
- not displaying a tag or ID on your dog – £75 (£50 if paid within 14 days)
If you do not pay a fixed penalty notice, you can be taken to court, where you may be fined up to £1,000.