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1. Does everyone who keeps a dog need a Licence?
Generally speaking, yes. However, if the dog falls into any of the following categories you do not need a Licence: Exceptions: (a) A Guide Dog; (b) A Police Dog; (c) A dog under 6 months old kept by the person who at the time of birth the bitch which gave it birth; (d) A dog kept in a pet shop licenced by the Department of Agriculture, where the dog is on offer for sale to the public; (e) A dog kept by a person who already holds a Block Licence for the premises where the dog is kept.
2. When should I get a Dog Licence?
You must buy a Dog Licence before you get a dog. If you do not, both you and the supplier of the dog are committing an offence
3.Where can I get a Licence?
If you are a resident within the Larne Borough Council area, you can get your Licence at Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne. You can also apply online at www.larne.gov.uk
4. When can I apply for a Licence?
Up to 28 days before the date when you propose to get the dog.
5. How do I apply for a Licence?
For a Basic Licence you should complete the application form overleaf and post or hand it in with the Licence Fee at the Borough Offices, Smiley Buildings, Victoria Road, Larne or complete the application form online..
6. How long does a Licence Last?
A Licence is valid for one year from the commencement date which you specify in the application form. This date should be the date you intend to get the dog or the nearest date before this.
7. Can a Licence be transferred?
Yes. If your dog dies and you hold a valid Licence you can apply to the Borough Offices to transfer that Licence to a replacement dog.
8. Do I get anything apart from a Licence?
Yes, you will get a Coloured Disc to be fastened to the dog’s collar except when working. The disc is not proof of licensing and an authorised officer may ask you to produce your Licence.
9. Can I get a refund of Licence Fee?
Yes – but only if within 30 days from the date of issue (a) you do not get a dog, or (b) you dispose of the dog, or (c) the dog dies. To apply for a refund you should fill in a form and hand it in with the Coloured Disc at the Borough Offices.
10. Does my dog need to be micro-chipped?
From April 2012 in order to obtain a licence, all dogs must be micro-chipped. Licences will not be issued without confirmation of your micro-chip number.