Licence Summary
If you operate a guard dog kennels you must be registered with your local district council.

If your application is successful you will be provided with a certificate of registration.

Eligibility Criteria
If you have been disqualified from keeping a dog under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 you shall not be eligible to be registered to operate a guard dog kennel.

An application may be refused if you have been convicted for any offence under the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 or Part III of the Welfare of Animals Act 1972 or don’t comply with other regulations relating to the construction and operation of guard dog kennels.

Regulation Summary
A summary of the eligibility criteria for this licence

The Dogs (NI) Order 1983 as amended

Application Evaluation Process
If the district council intends to reject the application for registration or cancel a registration they will serve a notice detailing this intention. This notice shall be served 14 days before the refusal or cancellation and shall detail the grounds for refusal or cancellation.
Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the council must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local council within a reasonable period, please contact it. You can do this online here if you applied through the UK Welcomes service or use the contact details below.
Apply online
Apply to register a guard dog kennel
Application to change a guard dog kennels registration

Fee
No fee is charged for this application
Failed Application Redress
Please contact your district council in the first instance.

You may make written representations to the district council within 14 days of service of the notice, giving reasons why the application should not be refused. If the application is still refused, after your representations have been considered, the district council will serve a notice on you stating this and providing details as to how to appeal.

Appeals can be made to the local Magistrates court.

Licence Holder Redress
Please contact your district council in the first instance.

You may make written representations to the district council within 14 days of service of the notice, giving reasons why the application should not be cancelled.

If the application is still refused, after your representations have been considered, the district council will serve a notice on you stating this and providing details as to how to appeal.

Appeals can be made to the local Magistrates court.

Consumer Complaint
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the district council by you – preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK,Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

http://ec.europa.eu/index_en.htm

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