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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Dog Licence required in Northern Ireland


The Dogs (NI) Order 1983 requires all dog owners to possess a valid dog licence which must be renewed on an annual basis. This is an essential part of being a responsible dog owner as the dog must be microchipped before a dog licence can be obtained.  This will help Council Officers and local Vets return lost dogs to their owners.

It is an offence for any person to keep a dog without having a valid dog licence and a fixed penalty notice for £80 may be issued.  Any person found guilty of such an offence shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 3 (£1000).

Changes in Dog Licensing Legislation regarding Licence Tags
Due to recent changes in Dog Licensing and Identification Regulations, from the 1st January 2015 Dog Licence Tags will be abolished and will not be provided with a Dog Licence.  This decision has been taken by Central Government (DARD) and therefore local Councils must be in full compliance.  It will still however be a legal requirement to have the keeper's details attached to the collar on a plate or badge.

If your dog has been sterilised, the licence fee will be £5.  (Confirmation letter from vet)

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