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Dog Licence

In order to licence a dog it must be micro-chipped.

Newry, Mourne and Down Council's online dog licencing service is provided in conjunction with the Council’s software provider Tascomi through a new service called Council Direct.

Before you can licence your dog you will need to create an account for Council Direct – follow instructions given on the link below. Login details will still work for residents who previously used Newry and Mourne District Council’s online dog licencing system. There will be other services for residents and businesses added to Council Direct in the near future.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence in relation to concessions e.g. birth certificate/pension book, proof of income support or housing benefit, or a letter from the vet stating your dog is neutered/sterilised. Your dog licence cannot be issued without providing this proof and failure to do so may result in your licence being void and you may be liable to a maximum £80.00 fixed penalty.

Please note: In order to licence a dog it must be micro-chipped.

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Alternatively, download a form and return it to your local office.

Newry & Mourne District Dog Licence Application/Renewal Form  Click Here 

Down District Information/Dog Licence Application/Renewal Form Click Here


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.


Newry, Mourne and Down District Council regulates dog breeding establishments within its district to make sure that they meet minimum standards of accommodation, environment, mating, whelping, behaviour, socialising and health.  The Council has a statutory duty to make sure that the Welfare of Animal (Dog Breeding Establishments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulation (Northern Ireland) 2013 is enforced.  

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

If you need advice or guidance on dog breeding, please call 028 4461 0824 or email


Requirements for setting up a Dog Breeding Establishment

If you are planning to breed dogs in the Newry, Mourne and Down district you must have a valid dog breeding establishment licence. 

You cannot apply for a dog breeding licence if you have been disqualified under any of the following legislations:

  •          The Breeding of Dogs Act 1973 
  •          The Welfare of Animals Act 2011 
  •          The Dogs (NI) Order 1983, (amended)
  •          Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963
  •          The Protection of Animals Act 1954
  •          The Pet Animals Act 1951

You may also need to get permission from your landlord or mortgage provider, and should check with Building Control and Planning Service to make sure you have all the relevant documents and approvals. It is your responsibility to make sure all these checks have been made. 


There are different fees for each breeding establishment depending on the number of bitches kept.

10 or less bitches £150

11 to 25 bitches   £200

26 to 50 bitches   £250

51 to 100 bitches £300

101 to 200 bitches £350

200 or more bitches £350 plus £50 for every additional 100 bitches


Concerns regarding a Breeding Establishment or unlicensed Breeders 

If you think you have discovered an unlicensed breeding establishment or breeder please report your concerns to the Council on 028 4461 0824 or email

You will be required to give your name and contact details so that the Council can ensure the complaint is genuine. Your details will be kept confidential and will not be disclosed unless the investigation results in a prosecution.

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