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Guard Dog Kennels Registration

If you operate a guard dog kennels you must be registered with Mid Ulster District Council.

Apply to register dog kennels

If you are successful you will be provided with a certificate of registration. It is an offence not to display this registration certificate, if one is issued.

Eligibility Criteria

  • If you have been disqualified from keeping a dog under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 you shall not be eligible to be registered to operate a guard dog kennels.

  • An application may be refused if you have been convicted for any offence under the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 or Part III of the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 1972, or if the applicant does not comply with other regulations relating to the construction and operation of guard dog kennels.

  • The premises will be inspected for suitability before they can be registered.

Authorised officers of the district council will have the power to enter and inspect premises.

Regulation Summary: The Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983

Application Evaluation Process:
An application to register your premises is free of charge.

If the council intends to reject the application for registration or cancel the registration they will serve notice detailing this intention. This notice shall be served 14 days before the refusal or cancellation and will provide all grounds for such refusal or cancellation.
If the kennels are to be registered this will be done within 10 working days of council approval.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No. It is in the interests of public safety and the welfare of animals that the premises are fully compliant with regulations before they are registered. The application will therefore be processed before any premises are registered.

If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact us.

Failed Application Redress:
You are advised to take up any issue with Mid Ulster District Council in the first instance.

You may make written representations to the council within 14 days of service of the notice of intended refusal, giving reasons why the application should not be refused. If the application is still refused after your representations have been considered the council will serve notice of this and you will have the right to appeal to the local Magistrates Court.

Licence Holder Redress:
Please contact Mid Ulster District Council in the first instance.

If a registration is cancelled the holder has the right to appeal the decision to the local Magistrates Court. If an appeal is made the cancellation will have no effect until such times as the appeal is determined by the court. The decision of the court is final.

Consumer Complaint:

  • We would always advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery).

  • If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Other Redress: Please contact Mid Ulster District Council in the first instance.

Trade Associations: None