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Dog Control Service

Environmental Health

028 9049 4640

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.