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Buying a dog licence

You must purchase a licence for each dog you keep. The licence fee is £10 per dog, lasts for 1 year and must be renewed by 31 January each year.

​If your form is received after 31 January, you'll be charged an extra £10 per dog. 

Cheques should be m​ade payable to your parish. 

Apply for a dog licence on the My Parish Online website

​About dog licence​s

All dogs aged 6 months or more must be licensed each year under the Dogs (Jersey) Law 1961

Each licence is specific to 1 dog and can't be transferred to another dog.

You don't need a licence if the dog is:

  • younger than 6 months old
  • used solely by a blind or deaf person for their guidance

Changes in circumstances​

Tell your parish if:

  • you change your address
  • you sell or re-home your dog
  • your dog dies

If your dog has a microchip, you should also inform the database provider of any changes.

Your obligations as a dog owner

A collar for your dog

Your dog must wear a collar inscribed with your name, address, and contact number when in any public place or road. You may be fined if your dog doesn't have one.

Collars aren't needed for a pack of hounds or dogs being used for sporting purposes or capture or destruction of vermin.

Walking your dog

You can exercise your dog on Jersey beaches at any time, but between 1 May and 30 September, they must be kept on a lead between 10.30am and 6pm.

Dogs are allowed in many parks but most have specific rules. You should read the signs and follow the instructions.

Clearing up after your dog

It's your duty to clean up after your dog and you can be fined up to £1000 if you don't. 

This applies to all beaches and parks and to all public areas, including roads and pavements.

Lost or stray dogs

Stray dogs should be reported to the duty centenier or the parish hall of the parish where the dog is found.

If​ you can, you should contact the owner at the address or telephone number shown on the collar. 

Unidentified stray dogs will be taken into care and you'll have to pay for collection and housing costs ​(£60 per dog and £18 per day for housing). 

Dogs which aren't claimed within 7 days will be re-homed or sold.

If your dog is lost, you should report it to the duty centenier or parish hall.

For more information on dog licences and your obligations, visit the My Parish Online website.

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