The Dogs (NI) Order 1983 requires all dog owners to possess a valid dog licence which must be renewed on an annual basis. This is an essential part of being a responsible dog owner as the dog must be microchipped before a dog licence can be obtained. This will help Council Officers and local Vets return lost dogs to their owners.
It is an offence for any person to keep a dog without having a valid dog licence and a fixed penalty notice for £80 may be issued. Any person found guilty of such an offence shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 3 (£1000).
Types of Dog License
|Types of License||Fee|
|Over 65 (First Dog)||Free|
|Over 65 (subsequent dogs)||£5.00|
|Concessionary Rate (Income support, housing benefit)||£5.00|
Changes in Dog Licensing Legislation regarding Licence Tags
Due to recent changes in Dog Licensing and Identification Regulations, from the 1st January 2015 Dog Licence Tags will be abolished and will not be provided with a Dog Licence. This decision has been taken by Central Government (DARD) and therefore local Councils must be in full compliance. It will still however be a legal requirement to have the keeper’s details attached to the collar on a plate or badge.
Concessionary dog licence applications and renewals.
Concessionary dog licence applications cannot be made online as proof of concession must be provided to the Dog Licensing Department before the licence can be issued. Concessionary Licences for sterilized dogs and persons over 65 licensing their first dog, who have previously provided proof of concession, can be renewed online as the concessionary status will not have changed.