If you own a dog you must have a dog licence. If you live within the Lisbun City Council area you should obtain a licence from the Environmental Health Service. You can obtain it in person, request an application form by post, by telephoning 028 92509395 or apply online. To apply for a dog licence online , please click here
The cost of a dog licence is £12.50 or if you have more than three dogs and you meet certain criteria you may apply for a block licence costing £32. A breeder’s licence is also available for breeding establishments.
For anyone over the age of 65 the first dog licence is free and licences for additional dogs are £5.
If you receive income support or housing benefit you are also entitled to a £5 licence.
If your dog is sterilised you are also entitled to a £5 licence
The dog licence was introduced in 1983 costing £5. Against the rate of inflation the licence should have risen to £20 per dog, so your dog licence is something of a bargain.
1. A dog’s licence offers some proof of ownership. It is a legal requirement that anyone in possession of a dog must hold a valid licence. The details of the dog owner and the dog are registered with the City Council and each owner is issued with a licence and licence disc which bears the dog’s own personal identification number
2. Lisburn City Council dog wardens impound over 600 stray dogs per year. Those stray dogs wearing a valid licence identification disc are more likely to be reunited with their owner. The identification number on the licence disc enables the dog warden to check the council’s licensing records, trace and advise the owner of the dog’s whereabouts and thus prevent the dog from being rehomed or unnecessarily destroyed.
Before taking possession of a dog or puppy, owners should ensure that they have already purchased a dog licence. If however, a puppy stays with its mother it must have a licence by the age of six months.
If your dog dies and you have a valid licence for it, it is possible to transfer that licence should you obtain another dog within 30 days.
If you keep a dog without a licence you can be issued with a fiixed penalty of £75. Non payment of this could result in a fine of up to £1000
Microchipping and tattooing give dog owners piece of mind that if lost their dog can be traced back to them. Microchipping is a veterinary procedure in which a computerised capsule, the size of a grain of rice, containing the dog’s medical history and owner details, is injected under the dog’s skin. The insertion process is quick and virtually painless, with no after effects. The microchip stays in place for an average of 25 years, longer than a dog’s lifespan.
On request Lisburn City Council Dog Wardens will microchip dogs rehomed from our kennels.