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Dog Licensing

All dogs, with the exception of guide dogs, must have a valid licence.  A licence is valid for 12 months.

If you keep a dog without a licence you can be issued with an £80 fine.

A dog must be microchipped before a licence can be issued. Your local vet can provide more information on microchipping.

Fees and Concessions

License Fee
Normal licence £12.50
65 years or over First dog licence is free, £5 for each additional dog
Receipt of an income related benefit or a couple in receipt of income related benefit Click here for income related benefits that qualify for a reduced licence £5 per dog
Sterilised/neutered dog £5
Block licence (dog breeders or kennels with three or more unsterilised female dogs) £32

NB – you may be required to provide evidence in relation to concessions.

How to Apply or Renew A Dog Licence

Apply, Renew or register online
Download an application form and post back to us
Request a dog licence application form
Call into our offices

Contact Details

Telephone: 0300 013 2233
Email: ehealth@nmandd.org

Dog Breeding Establishments

As part of the Welfare of Animals (Dog breeding establishments and miscellaneous amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2013 anyone who owns three or more breeding bitches or intends to breed more than three litters of puppies a year for sale must apply to us for a dog breeding establishment licence.

A breeding establishment is defined as one or more premises, within the same area, operated by the same person and from which that person keeps three or more breeding bitches, and 

  • breeds three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period
  • advertises three or more litters of puppies for sale in any 12 month period
  • supplies three or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period, or
  • advertises a business of breeding or selling of puppies.

If you are planning to operate a dog breeding establishment within the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area you must apply to us for a licence.   

How to Apply or Renew A Breeding Establishment Licence

Download an application form and post back to us
Request a Breeding Establishment Licence application form
Call into our offices

Strays/Dogs for Rehoming

Stray dogs or dogs given up for re-homing are taken to Corran Kennels and Re-homing Centre,
40 Tobercorran Road, Downpatrick BT30 8HU.

Dogs for re-homing can be removed by the dog warden for a fee - taken at the time of removal.

Stray Fee
Own dog (if licenced) £30
Own dog (if not licenced) £40
In receipt of benefits £10 (£15 if no valid licence)
OAP £10 (£15 if no valid licence)

Please contact us on 0300 013 2233 to arrange a time for the dog warden to remove a stray dog or your own dog.

Useful Links

www.dogstrust.org.uk
www.petlog.org.uk

Downloads
  • dog license application form
  • application for a dog breeding establishment licence