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  1. You can apply for a dog licence by going to your local borough council.
  2. Before you can apply for a dog licence you will need to have your dog to be microchipped first. All dogs in Northern Ireland must be microchipped at eight weeks old.
  3. Once your done with microchipping you may now proceed with the application of dog licence.
  4. 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.
  5. Complete and submit all the required forms and documents.
  6. Pay the application fee.
  7. If you have any question, give your local council a call.

Required Documents[edit]

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1. Proof of child birth from the Hospital.

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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Dog licence : £12.50

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.

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.

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Refunds and discount

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, you can apply for a refund of the licence fee.

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