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Northern Ireland - Apply for a Block (Dog) Licence

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  1. You can apply for a block (dog) licence by going to your local borough council.
  2. Application form can be obtain from the office or in many cases on the website of your local council. Links to the websites can be found under 'External Links' section below.
  3. Complete and submit all the required forms and documents.
  4. Pay the application fee.
  5. If you have any question, give your local council a call.


Required Documents[edit]

  • completed application form

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

Antrim Civic Centre
50 Stiles Way
BT41 2UB
Tel: 028 9446 3113

Mossley Mill
Carnmoney Road North
BT36 5QA
Tel: 028 9034 0000

Ards and North Down Borough Council
2 Church Street
BT23 4AP

To pay by debit or credit card, telephone Ards and North Down Borough Council: 0300 013 3333, extension number 40401 or 40418
If you need additional information, contact the Borough Inspector.
Telephone: 0300 013 3333, extension 40401 or 40418

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You are disqualified from obtaining or holding a dog licence if:

  • You are under 16 years old, OR
  • You have been disqualified from keeping animals under animal welfare legislation.

Block Licence

You may apply for a block (dog) licence if you are the owner of three or more dogs kept on the same premises as long as at least three are unsterilised bitches, which between them breed less than 3 litters in a 12 month period, or the premises are registered guard dog kennels, or where at least three dogs are registered with one of the following bodies:

  • the Kennel Club
  • the Irish Coursing Club
  • the Masters of Foxhounds Association
  • the Masters of Harriers and Beagles Association
  • the Northern Ireland Masters of Hounds Association
  • the International Sheep Dog Society


Block licence: Annual fee of £32.

You may apply for refund of the licence fee: If you have been granted a licence but do not take possession of the dog, or dispose of it within 30 days of the date the licence was issued, or the dog dies within 30 days of the issue date of the licence.

Reduced licence fee: If you are aged 65 or over and owns only one dog, you do not need to pay the fee. If you are aged 65 or over and have more than one dog, you are eligible for a reduced licence fee of £5 for those other dogs.

You are also eligible for a reduced rate licence if you are on certain income related benefits at the date on which you apply for the licence. The benefits are:

  • State Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit

Note: You may need to present proof that you are receiving the benefit.

The £5 licence fee is also available if the dog has been sterilised. You may be asked to prove this with a vet’s certificate.


Dog licences are valid for 12 months.

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The Dogs (NI) Order 1983 requires all dog owners to possess a valid dog licence which must be renewed on an annual basis. Apply for a dog licence at your local Borough Council.

Domestic pet dogs must be licensed individually.


Before applying for a dog licence you will need to have your dog microchipped first.

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that the contact details held against their dog’s microchip number are accurate. If the details are not accurate, the dog is not considered as microchipped and the dog licence will not be valid.

Block Licence

If you own three or more dogs, you may apply for a ‘block licence’.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.

Need for the Document[edit]

Dog owners are required to register their dogs. It is an offence to own an unlicensed dog


  • puppy under six months old and kept by the person who was also the keeper of the bitch that gave birth to the puppy
  • an assistance dog used by a disabled person
  • a dog kept, and on offer for sale, in a licensed pet shop
  • a police dog
  • a dog kept under a block licence, on the premises to which the block licence relates

Keeping a dog without a valid licence may result in you receiving/asked to:

  • a warning
  • a formal caution
  • a fixed penalty or prosecution
  • pay a fine of up to £1,000

It is also an offence to take possession of a dog (whether you paid for it or not) before you have obtained a licence for it. You can be prosecuted for this offence and may be liable to a maximum fine of £1,000. The person who gave or sold you the dog is also guilty of an offence.

Dog collars and identification

As a responsible dog owner, you must make sure that your dog wears a collar with the your name and address inscribed on it, or on a plate or badge attached to the collar.

It is an offence if your dog does not wear the right collar identification and could result in a maximum fine of £1,000.

Collar tags are not needed for:

  • a dog which is a member of a pack of hounds
  • a dog being judged in a competition
  • a dog being used for any sporting purposes, the capture or destruction of vermin or for driving or tending sheep or cattle

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Holders of block licences are required to keep records which include:

  • microchip details of each dog kept at the premises
  • date of sale, transfer or death of any dog
  • the name and address of the person to whom any dog is sold or transferred
  • the new keeper’s dog licence or block licence number

In the event of a transfer or the dog owner dying: All Information about the sale, transfer or death of any dog should be recorded within seven days of its sale, transfer or death.

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