If you keep or own a dog you must obtain a licence for the dog from the Council.
You cannot obtain a licence for the dog unless the dog has been microchipped. You will need to provide this microchip number when applying for a licence.
Single Dog Licence - Fees
A single dog licence is £12.50 and is valid for one year.
This fee is reduced to £5 if your dog is sterilised.
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:
- Universal Credit
- State Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Working Tax Credit
Please note that evidence must be provided when applying for a Concessionary dog licence fee.
Block Dog 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).
Exemptions For Needing a Dog Licence
- 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
Penalties For NOT Licensing Your Dog
Anyone who is found to be keeping a dog without a licence is liable for a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £80.00 for the offence with a discounted amount of £50.00 if paid within 10 days.
Such a person is also liable for prosecution where the maximum fine in Court is £1000
Applying for a Licence
You can download the application forms here:
Single Dog Licence Application Form
Block Licence Application Form
Applying for a Licence Online
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s online dog licensing 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 – please follow instructions given on the link below. Residents who previously used Ballymoney, Coleraine, Moyle and Limavady’s online dog licensing system your login will still work.
Click here to apply online for a dog licence.
Contact Us - Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council
If you would like further information, please contact us at Ballymoney Office, Riada House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DZ.
028 2766 0233