Dog Owner's Guide

Licensing your dog in Singapore

A. A maximum of three dogs may be kept in private premises. Prior written permission of the Director-General, Agri-Food & Veterinary Services must be obtained to keep more than three dogs. Current HDB rules allow only one dog of an approved breed per residential unit.

B. Contravention or failure to comply with any of the following requirements is also an offence under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules and can result in the impoundment of the dog, a fine of up to S$5,000, and/or revocation of the dog license:

  1. All dogs above 3 months of age must be licensed.
  2. The dog must be implanted with a microchip.
  3. The dog must be on a leash in a public place.
  4. The dog should not be allowed to stray.
  5. A dog of a breed classified as dangerous or potentially dangerous or fierce must be muzzled when in a public place. (Please see schedule I & II breeds below)

C. Impoundment fees and caring and feeding costs will be imposed for the recovery of an impounded dog.

D. A dog license is valid for one year only and must be renewed before expiry of license. The renewal fee for a sterilised dog is S$14 and S$70 for an unsterilised dog.

E. Failure to comply with the dog licensing conditions can result in the revocation of the dog license and impoundment of the dog. Additional licensing conditions may be imposed and existing licensing conditions may be subject to change by AVA at any time.

Scheduled breeds

  • Schedule I: Pit Bull (American Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull or Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bull dog), Akita, Neapolitan Mastiff, Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro, Boerboel and their crosses.
  • Schedule II: Bull Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, German Shepherd (Belgian Shepherd, East European Shepherd), Mastiffs (Bull Mastiff, Perro De Presa Canario, Cane Corso, Dogue De Bordeaux) and their crosses.

Licensing of dogs for HDB residential premises

Under the Housing and Development Board (Animals) Rules 1989, HDB allows only one dog of an approved small breed per residential unit. Failure to comply with this legislation can result in a fine of up to S$4,000 upon conviction.

Licensing of dogs for other residential premises

For premises other than HDB premises, not more than three dogs are allowed per premises. Special permission must be obtained from AVA to keep more than three dogs.

Fees

The license fees for dogs other than in dog farms are as follows:

  • For a dog below 5 months of age: S$14.00 per annum
  • For a sterilised dog: S$14.00 per annum
  • For a non-sterilised dog: S$70 per annum
  • For a fourth or subsequent dog: S$175 per annum

The license fees for dogs in dog farms are as follows:

  • More than 300 dogs on the premises: S$3,500 per annum
  • More than 200 dogs but not more than 300 dogs on the premises: S$1,700 per annum
  • More than 100 dogs but not more than 200 dogs on the premises: S$1,100 per annum
  • 100 or fewer dogs on the premises: S$650 per annum

An original sterilisation certificate must be produced if you are applying for the lower fee for sterilised dogs.

Change of address (where dog is kept)

The dog must be kept at the address it is registered to. If it is kept at another address, the owner must inform AVA within 28 days of the change in the registered address.

You can also apply for a change of address online at http://movinghouse.sg.

Cancellation of dog license

The dog owner is required under the Rules to inform AVA by submitting an online notification if he / she does not have the dog anymore, e.g. if the dog went missing or has died.

**UPDATE**

1. According to the latest media release from the AVA, the following changes have been made regarding the licensing of dogs.

Changes to the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules

To enhance public safety, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore has reviewed the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules to tighten existing control measures for the management of potentially dangerous dogs in Singapore.

2. The review was conducted in consultation with stakeholders such as dog owners, animal welfare groups, veterinarians and the general public. The changes to Dog Licensing and Control Rules will come into effect on 15 November 2010.

Enhanced Control for Scheduled Dogs

3. The Perro de Presa Canario will be transferred from Part II to Part I of the potentially dangerous dogs listed in the Second Schedule under the Dog Licensing and Control Rules. The requirements for keeping a Part I dog will apply to all Perro de Presa Canario. This breed of dog will henceforth not be allowed to be imported and any dog that is already in Singapore for which a new license is applied will be required to undergo obedience training. (The full list of dogs in Part I and II of the Schedule is attached in Annex A).

4. Only one dog from Part I or Part II of the Second Schedule is permitted to be kept in a premise. This will apply to newly licensed dogs and existing dogs will not be affected.

5. The keeping of dogs from Part II of the Second Schedule will also be subject to the following additional conditions:

  • All existing and newly licensed Part II dogs must be microchipped
  • Owners of newly licensed Part II dogs must take up an insurance policy for at least $100,000 coverage against injury to persons and damage to property
  • Owners of newly licensed Part II dogs must take up a banker's guarantee for $2000
  • iv) Newly licensed Part II dogs must undergo obedience training

Enhanced Control for All dogs

6. Regardless of the breed, any dog that initiates an unprovoked attack and caused injury to a person or animal, will be subjected to one or more of the following control measures, depending on the severity of the bite:

  • The dog must be leashed and securely muzzled when in a public place
  • The dog must undergo obedience training
  • The dog must be microchipped
  • Premises where the dog is kept must be secured to prevent its escape
  • The owner must take up an insurance policy for at least $100,000 coverage against injury to persons and damage to property
  • The owner must take up a banker's guarantee of $2,000
  • Any existing banker's guarantee would be forfeited for non-compliance and the owner must take up a fresh banker's guarantee of $2,000.

Issued by Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority On 13 Nov 2010

Credits: www.ava.gov.sg