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Apply for a dog licence

All dogs must have a valid licence and wear a dog licence tag. This means that the dog and its owner, are registered with us.

You must also make sure your dog wears an identity tag, with your name, address and contact telephone number. This helps us trace the dog if it goes missing. 

Apply for a single dog licence online

A single dog licence costs £12.50 and is valid for one year.

You can apply for a single dog licence (for up to three dogs) online:

Please read the terms and conditions for online services and our privacy statement.

If you are aged 65 or older, a licence for your first dog is free and £5 for any additional dog. The licence fee will also be reduced to £5 if you receive income support or housing benefit, or if your dog is sterilised. If you apply for a reduced rate dog licence, we may ask for proof of your eligibility for the discount

Any information you provide in this application is open to public scrutiny, and if requested we have a legal obligation to provide it. 

Apply for a single dog licence by post

To apply for a dog licence by post, download and complete the form below and send it to us.

You can also call us on 028 9027 0431 or email dogwardens@belfastcity.gov.uk to request an application form.

Please note that we can't register dogs as 'mongrels'. You can check the breed of your dog by visiting the Kennel Club website.

You do not need to license your dog if it is:

  • a puppy under six months old and kept by the person who is also the keeper of the puppy's mother
  • an assistance dog used by a disabled person
  • a police dog.

Apply for a block dog licence

A block dog licence is £32 and is for dog breeders or kennels with three or more dogs. It's valid for one year.

Anyone wishing to buy a block dog licence must present proof with their application that they have at least three or more dogs registered with the Kennel Club or another approved organisation. We accept copies of registration documents and will return these once we issue the licence.

No concessions are available for block licences.

Are you eligible for discount?

If you're over 65, receive income support or housing benefit, or have had your dog neutered or spayed, you can apply for a concessionary rate for your dog licence. However, you will need to provide us with proof that you are eligible for this discount.

 Over 65s Photographic ID
Proof of address
Proof of your date of birth
 Income support or housing benefits recipients Photographic ID
Proof of address
Proof of the benefit (as below)
 Dog neutered or spayed Confirmation letter or email from vet

Documents needed

If you are applying for a discount because you receive income support or housing benefit you will need to show us proof you qualify for the reduced price.

If you receive income support you will need:

  • a typed letter from a local Social Security Agency
  • the letter must show your name and address
  • the letter must be stamped and dated (the date should not be more than six months old).

If you receive housing benefit, you will need:

  • a typed letter from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive
  • the letter must show your name and address
  • the letter must be stamped and dated (the date should not be more than six months old).

If applying online you can:

  • Post us photocopies of the documents listed above.
  • Email photocopies of the documents listed above.
  • Come in to our office with proof of your documents.

Please keep the online reference number of your application and quote this in all correspondence with us. We will not begin processing any dog licence application until we receive proof of eligibility for a discount.

Once we have registered you proof of age and if the dog has been spayed or neutered we will hold these on file and you will not have to produce them when renewing your licence.

If you are in receipt of Income Support or Housing Benefits you will need to provide proof of this each time you licence your dog, as circumstances may have changed.

Refunds and transfers

If your dog dies, you can apply for a refund of your licence. You must apply within six months of your dog's death.

You can also transfer your licence to another dog but you must do this within six months of your dog's death.

Fines for not licensing your dog

The fixed penalty notices for dog licensing offences are:

  • not having a licence for your dog - £80 (£50 if paid within 14 days)
  • not displaying a licence tag or ID on your dog - £80 (£50 if paid within 14 days)

If you do not pay a fixed penalty notice, you could be taken to court, where you may be fined up to £1,000.

Contact us
Dog control
028 9027 0431
Dog Wardens
Floor 5
9 Lanyon Place
Belfast
BT1 3LP