Dog Licensing


Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council’s online dog licensing service is now provided through a new service called Council Direct.

Before you can licence your dog you will need to create an account for Council Direct – please follow instructions given on the link below. 

Residents who previously used the online dog licensing system for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon may still log in with their same details.


Armagh Dog licence online

 Apply for a dog licence online, its quick and easy

All dogs must have a valid licence and wear a dog licence tag. This means that both the dog, and its owner, are registered with us.

It is against the law not to have a licence for your dog unless the dog is:

  • a puppy under six months old and kept by the person who is also the keeper of the mother that gave birth to the puppy
  • an assistance dog used by a disabled person
  • a police dog

If you own a dog, you must make sure it wears the dog licence which the council gives you. You must also make sure it wears an identity tag, with your name, address and contact telephone number, to help us trace you if the dog goes missing.

Applying for a Licence
Apply for a dog licence online

Or you can download the application forms here:
Single Dog Licence Application
Block Licence Application Form
Application for a Breeding Establishment

You can also call us on 028 3752 9600 or email ehealth@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk to request an application form.

Please note that we can’t register dogs as ‘mongrels’. You can check the breed of your dog by visiting the Kennel Club website

Single dog licence
A single dog licence is £12.50 and is valid for one year.

If you are aged 65 or older, a dog licence for your first dog is free, and you are entitled to a concessionary fee of £5 for any additional dog.

Concessionary licences of £5 are also available if, at the time of registration, you receive any of the following income related benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit

Block dog licence
Who can get a Block Licence?
A block licence is available to owners of three or more unsterilized bitches which breed between them less than 3 litters in a 12 month period or not less than 3 dogs which are registered with any of the following:
(a) The Kennel Club;
(b) The Irish Coursing Club;
(c) The Masters of Foxhounds Association;
(d) The Masters of Harriers and Beagles Association;
(e) The Northern Ireland Masters of Hounds Association; and
(f) The International Sheepdog Society.
(Applicants must supply certificates of registration with these organisations along with their application).

Dog Breeding Establishment Licence
The new Welfare of Animals (Dog Breeding Establishments and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (NI) Order 2013 came into effect on the 1st April 2013 which introduced the Licensing of Dog Breeding Establishments.

The new licensing conditions provide Council with a means of regulating Dog Breeding Establishments ensuring that they meet the minimum standards relating to accommodation and environment, mating, whelping facilities, behaviour, socialisation and health.

A Dog Breeding Establishment Licence is now a legal requirement for any Establishment which breeds or advertises for sale or supplies 3 or more litters of puppies in any 12 month period or advertises a business of breeding or selling of puppies.

The fees for a Dog Breeding Establishment Licence depend on the number of bitches kept within the Establishment and are as follows:

£150 – 10 or less bitches are kept
£200 – not less than 11 and not more than 25 bitches are kept
£250 – not less than 26 and not more than 50 bitches are kept
£300 – not less than 51 and not more than 100 bitches are kept
£350 – not less than 101 and not more than 200 bitches are kept

For Establishments with over 200 bitches, the fee will be £350 plus an amount of £50 for every additional 100 bitches.

It is an offence for any person to operate a Dog Breeding Establishment without having the appropriate Dog Breeding Establishment Licence or to contravene any condition of the Licence.  Any person found guilty of such an offence shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 5 (£5000) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or both.

Should you wish to apply for a Dog Breeding Establishment Licence please download an application form or contact the Environmental Health Department on 028 3752 9626. All applications will be subject to inspection of the Establishment.

Refunds and transfers
If your dog dies, you can apply for a refund of your licence. You must apply within six months of your dog’s death.
Application for a Refund of Dog Licence

You can also transfer your licence to another dog but, again, you must do this within six months of your dog’s death.
Application for a Dog Licence Transfer Certificate

Fines For Not Licensing Your Dog
From 3 October, the fixed penalty notices for dog licensing offences are as follows:

  • not having a licence for your dog – £75 (£50 if paid within 14 days)
  • not displaying a tag or ID on your dog – £75 (£50 if paid within 14 days)

If you do not pay a fixed penalty notice, you can be taken to court, where you may be fined up to £1,000.