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. Follow instructions for creating an online account.

License your dog online

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

  • 2 Church Street, Newtownards, BT23 4AP
  • 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, telephone Ards and North Down Borough Council: 0300 013 3333, extension number 40401 or 40418 
If you need additional information, contact the Borough Inspector.
Telephone: 0300 013 3333, extension 40401 or 40418


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 don't accept a dog licence application without a microchip number.This number must be registered at your current address.

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 the 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'll need to send us a copy of the vet’s certificate.

For more information, contact Neighbourhood Environment Team:
Telephone: 0300 013 3333.