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Dog Licensing

Dog Licensing: Information and Licence Application

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

You can apply online (see below) or by telephoning council offices on 0330 137 4024. Complete the application form and post it with the appropriate license fee to the relevant office.

Apply, Renew or register online

Contact Details

Telephone: 0330 137 4024
Email: ehealth@nmandd.org

How to Apply or Renew a Block Licence

Please see downloads below.

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 for Breeding Licence 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 0330 137 4024 to arrange a time for the dog warden to remove a stray dog or your own dog.

Dog Control Contact Details

Telephone: 0330 137 4024 
Email: ehealth@nmandd.org 

Please note that our Dog Control Service operates from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. 

An emergency out of hours Dog Control service operates from:

  • Monday – Friday 5pm – 9pm 
  • Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 5pm
  • Public Holidays from 9am – 5pm 

This service is for emergency calls only e.g. serious dog attack, aggressive stray dog posing risk to the public.

Out of hours Dog Control contact number – 0739 186 1646


Useful Links


  • block licence application form oct 2018(2)
  • new template for dog license new council(1)
  • breeding establishment pack(1)