Menu
A-Z: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Apply for a dog licence

All dogs must have a valid licence and wear identification with the name and address of their keeper, either on a tag or engraved on a collar plate. We no longer issue coloured dog tags with new licences; owners must supply the identification themselves.

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, or
  • a police dog.

Cost of a dog licence

Type of licence Price
Single dog licence £12.50
Block dog licence £32
Concessionary rate dog licence £5

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 online or by post:

You can also call us on 028 9027 0431 or email dogwardens@belfastcity.gov.uk to request an application form. Our dog licence office opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm.

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

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

Renewing a single dog licence online

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

You can renew a single dog licence online or by post:

You can also call us on 028 9027 0431 or email dogwardens@belfastcity.gov.uk to request an application form. Our dog licence office opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm.

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

Applying 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.

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

Anyone wishing to buy a block dog licence must supply certificates of registration with these organisations along with their application. We accept copies of registration documents and will return these once we issue the licence.

No concessions are available for block licences.

Concessionary rate licences

You can apply for a concessionary rate licence in person at our offices, or by post.

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
State pension credit
Income support
Housing benefit
Income-based job seekers allowance
Income-related employment and support allowance
Working tax credit
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 any of the benefits above you will need to show us proof you qualify for the reduced price.

  • a typed letter from a local Social Security Agency/ 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).

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 any of these 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 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 0230
Dog Wardens
Floor 5
9 Lanyon Place
Belfast
BT1 3LP

Dog licence office opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm