Dog Licensing

Dog Licensing

In order to license a dog it must be micro-chipped.

Our online dog licensing service is provided through a new service called Council Direct.

Before you can license your dog you will need to create an account for Council Direct – follow instructions given on the link below. Residents who previously used Carrickfergus Council’s online dog licensing system their login will still work. There will be other services for residents and businesses added to Council Direct in the near future.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence in relation to concessions e.g. birth certificate/pension book, proof of income support or housing benefit, or a letter from the vet stating your dog is neutered/sterilised. Your dog licence cannot be issued without providing this proof and failure to do so may result in your licence being void and you may be liable to a maximum £80 fixed penalty.

Please note: In order to license a dog it must be micro-chipped.

License your dog online

All dogs (apart from exemptions listed below) are required to be licensed by the keeper of the dogs. The keeper must be over 16 years old and not been disqualified from keeping dogs under the Welfare of Animals Act 1972. Dogs which don’t require a licence (exemptions) are:

  • a dog under the age of six months where that dog is kept by the person who at the time of its birth was the keeper of the bitch which gave it birth;
  • a dog kept and used by a disabled person (within the meaning of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (c. 50)) wholly or mainly for the purpose of assisting that person to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • a dog kept in a pet shop licensed by the Department under section 8 of the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 where the dog is on offer for sale to the public;
  • a dog kept by a person to whom a block licence under Article 8(1) is issued where the dog is normally kept on the premises to which the block licence relates;
  • a dog kept and used wholly for police purposes;

In order to license a dog it must be micro-chipped.

If you have any problems with the online dog licensing service please contact Kathy McCrossan via E: kathy.mccrossan@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.


Application for a Block Dog Licence

Application for a Dog Breeding Establishment Licence