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Dog Control Service

Environmental Health

028 9244 7394

We are on the move

The Council’s Environmental Health Unit has relocated back to Lagan Valley Island from Monday 3rd December from  Bradford Court in Castlereagh.

Relocation work at Lagan Valley Island has been ongoing since September to make more efficient use of the building through improved space planning within the premises, to support a modern, agile and cohesive workplace whilst recognising Lagan Valley Island as the headquarters for Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

Limited counter services will continue to be available at Bradford Court after this time.

In addition to the on line service for Dog Licensing, licences can also be applied for at Bradford Court. Completed applications can be submitted at Bradford Court and the licence will be posted out. You can obtain your dog licence in person at Lagan Valley Island between 9am and 4pm Monday – Friday; Alternatively  application forms are available to pick up in other Council facilities or can requested for postal issue by telephoning 028 9244 7394 or apply online - just click here.


Dog Control Service

Environmental Health co-ordinate a comprehensive dog control service, ranging from responsible dog ownership to dog licensing and dog re homing.

To view The Fouling of Land by Dogs (Lisburn & Castlereagh) Order 2016 please click here

To download a dog licence application form online, please click here.

For further information on the dog control service please follow the links below:

Licencing Regulations

Where can you obtain a dog licence?

If you own a dog, you must have a dog licence. If you live within the Council area, you should obtain a licence from the Environmental Health Service. You can obtain it in person, request an application form by post, by telephoning 028 9049 4640 or apply online.


How much does it cost?

Depending on your circumstances the licence costs are:

  • £12.50 for unsterilised dogs.
  • £32 for a block licence (applicable if you have more than three dogs).
  • A breeder’s licence is also available for breeding establishments.
  • £5 if your dog is sterilised or you receive an income –related benefit.
  • FREE for anyone over 65 for the first dog licence is free and licences for additional dogs are £5.
  • The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development set the dog licence rate.
  • Your dog must be microchipped to enable you to be granted a dog licence.


What are the benefits of having a dog licence?

1. A dog’s licence offers some proof of ownership. It is a legal requirement that anyone in possession of a dog must hold a valid licence. The details of the dog owner and the dog are registered with the Council. Each owner will receive a copy of the licence, which contains the dog’s own personal identification number.

2. The Council Dog Wardens impound over 600 stray dogs per year. Those stray dogs that are microchipped are more likely to be reunited with their owner. It is imperative that you ensure your dog’s microchip details are up to date, should you move house or have rehomed a dog. This allows the Dog Warden to trace the owner and advise them of the dog’s whereabouts, thus preventing the dog from being rehomed or unnecessarily destroyed.


When are you required to licence a dog?

Before taking possession of a dog or puppy, owners should ensure that they have already purchased a dog licence. If however, a puppy stays with its mother it must have a licence by the age of six months.

If your dog dies and you have a valid licence for it, it is possible to transfer that licence should you obtain another dog within 30 days.

It is not possible to transfer a dog licence from one person to another.


Penalties for no licence

If you keep a dog without a licence, you can be issued with a fixed penalty of £80. Non-payment of this could result in a fine of up to £1,000.


Additional means of identification

Microchipping and tattooing give dog owners piece of mind that if lost their dog can be traced back to them. Microchipping is a veterinary procedure in which a computerised capsule,the size of a grain of rice, containing the dog’s medical history and owner details, is injected under the dog’s skin. The insertion process is quick and virtually painless, with no aftereffects. The microchip stays in place for an average of 25 years, longer than a dog’s lifespan.

On request Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Dog Wardens will microchip dogs rehomed from our kennels.