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.
Before you can license your dog, you must ensure that your dog is microchipped. In order to license your dog online you will need to create an account for Council Direct.
It is essential for all dogs to have a valid licence which can be applied for and must be renewed each year. A standard Dog Licence costs £12.50.
Concessionary dog licence applications and renewals.
Concessionary dog licence applications cannot be made online as proof of concession must be provided to the Dog Licensing Department before the licence can be issued. Concessionary Licences for sterilized dogs and persons over 65 licensing their first dog, who have previously provided proof of concession, can be renewed online as the concessionary status will not have changed.
Types of Concessionary Dog Licences:
Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey, BT36 5QA
Tel: 028 90340160
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