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Information and public services for the Island of Jersey

L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

Buying a dog licence

​You must purchase a licence for each dog you keep.

The licence costs £10 per dog, lasts for 1 year and must be renewed by 31 January each year. Applications received after 31 January cost £20 per dog.

Find more information and apply for dog licence on Comité des Connétables.

​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 cannot be transferred to another dog.

You do not 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 does not have one.

Collars are not 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. If you do not you can be fined up to £1,000. 

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. You'll have to pay £60 per dog for collection and £18 per day for housing.

Dogs which are not 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.

Find more information about your obligations as a dog owner and dog licences on Comité des Connétables.

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