Dog LicencePèrmîns d’Tchian

Apply and pay for a dog licence online and receive your dog licence and future reminders to renew by email. Dog licences for 2024 may be purchased online using this link from 1 January 2024.

You do not need to purchase a licence if your dog is:

  • under the age of six months or
  • a guide dog kept and used solely by a blind person or a deaf person.

You must purchase a licence for every other dog you keep. A licence cannot be issued to a person under the age of 16 years.

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

If you prefer to make a paper application please print and complete the form below and return to your Parish (please check with your Parish for payment options).

Dog owners are responsible for their dogs. In particular –

  • Every dog on a highway or in a public place must wear a collar which shows the name AND address AND telephone number of the owner. This will help reunite you and your dog should it stray and may avoid you incurring collection and housing costs.
  • It is an offence to allow a dog to worry livestock.
  • From 1 May to 30 September, dogs must be kept on a lead when on a beach between 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • You must remove any faeces deposited by your dog. It is an offence not to clear up after your dog and the penalty is £1,000.
  • Ensure your dog does not become a nuisance to others (see Barking Dogs for advice about statutory nuisances and neighbour complaints).

Stray dogs

If you find a stray dog:

  • check for a collar to identify the owner’s name and address;
  • contact the owner to arrange for the dog to be collected;
  • if you are unable to contact the owner you should contact the Duty Centenier of the Parish;
  • the owner is responsible for paying all costs if a dog has to be collected and/or housed whilst the owner is traced by the Duty Centenier (charges from £36 per journey leg for collection and from £21 per day for housing).

How many dog licences are purchased each year?

The number of dog licences per Parish, as at March 2024, is shown below; 82% were purchased online.

ParishNumber of dogsMost popular breed (excludes ‘breed
not listed’ and ‘mutt (mixed)’
St Brelade1,287Cockapoo
St Clement1,054Cockapoo
Grouville658Labrador Retriever
St Helier1,746Cockapoo
St John437Cocker Spaniel
St Lawrence600Cocker Spaniel
St Martin570Labrador Retriever
St Mary254Labrador Retriever
St Ouen635Labrador Retriever
St Peter719Labrador Retriever
St Saviour1,281Labrador Retriever
Trinity468Labrador Retriever
Total9,709 (52% male:48% female)
Most popular
dog names
Most popular dog breeds (excludes
‘breed not listed’ and ‘mutt (mixed)’
Dog age range by birth year
BellaLabrador Retriever – 7.7%Pre 2010 – 4%
LunaCockapoo – 6.3%2010/2014 – 25%
PoppyCocker Spaniel – 5.5%2015/2019 – 37%
LolaJack Russell Terrier – 5.3%2020/2024 – 34%
BuddyDachshund – 3.4%
TeddyFrench Bulldog – 2.8%No. of dogs per owner
AlfieBorder Collie – 2.5%1 dog – 77%
DaisyGolden Retriever – 2.3%2 dogs – 19%
RubyLhasa Apso – 2.3%3+ dogs – 4%
MollyEnglish Springer Spaniel – 2.2%

The FOI response shows the number of dog licences 2012 to 2015. The number of dog licences issued by parishes each year from 2016-2023 is as follows (figures as at June for 2016-2020 and 2023, as at April 2021, 2022):

St Brelade1,2711,3171,219​1,2651,2371,1861,1661,168
St Clement1,0951,0081,047​​1,014973937900852
St Helier1,3751,4671,3781,4731,643​1,5931,6121,481
St John439398399368​402390380343
St Lawrence388423389​344​407351407590
St Martin564574552​​570574558522514
St Mary266268260​249277261262263
St Ouen642612628​636632640621592
St Peter708717669​656650623628618
St Saviour1,2861,0141,144971​1,0179561,043989