Apply for a dog licence

You can apply for a dog licence online, in person, by post or by telephone. 

Pay online
You need to create an online account. To create an online account select the link below and choose the Register button, to login to an existing account select the link below and choose Login.

Licence your dog online

In person
Please check the details and return the form with the fee in person to our offices at:

•  2 Church Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AP; or
•  ​Town Hall, The Castle, Bangor, BT20 4BT

Complete the form below, sign it and return with the appropriate fee to:

Ards and North Down Borough Council
2 Church Street
BT23 4AP

To pay by debit or credit card, or if you require additional information, please contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.


All dogs kept in Northern Ireland must be microchipped before they can be licensed. You must provide a microchip number on the application form for a dog licence. We do not accept a dog licence application without a microchip number. This number must be registered at your current address and can assist with the return of lost dogs to their home.

To find out your dog's microchip number:

•  ask your vet to scan your dog
•  contact the organisation that inserted the chip
•  contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team who can scan your dog.  

All dog owners must hold a valid licence for their dogs. Your dog must also wear an identity tag, with your name, address and contact telephone number. 

If a veterinary surgeon certifies that inserting a microchip would harm your dog's health, you don't need to microchip your dog. You will need to send us a copy of the vet’s certificate.

For more information, contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.