Under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs above 3 months of age must be licensed for rabies control.
Applicants must comply with AVA's Conditions of Licensing. All dogs must be properly confined within the owner's premises. If the dogs are in a public place, they must be on leash and properly supervised and controlled.
In respect of the dog licence, the dog owner must ensure the following:
- The licence is renewed annually.
- AVA is informed of the change of ownership of the dog.
- AVA is informed of change of address where the dog is kept.
- AVA is informed should the dog be lost or if it has died.
- The conditions of licence are met.
- You are allowed by HDB or your estate management to keep the dog in the registered premises, as stated in your licence application.
The dog licence is solely for licensing purposes and is not an approval for you to keep the dog at the stated premises.
Owners found breaching the Rules or licence conditions may be compounded for the offence. To avoid higher penalty in court and unnecessary inconvenience, please settle your composition sum promptly.
Licensing of Scheduled Dogs
With effect from 15 Nov 2010, a maximum of ONE dog breed listed in the Second Schedule can be licensed per non-HDB premises. Under the Housing and Development Board (Animals) Rules 1989, any dog breed listed in the Second Schedule is not allowed to be kept in a HDB residential unit.
Under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, dogs belonging to breeds listed in the Second Schedule are subjected to additional licensing conditions. The summary of control measures for Scheduled dogs with effect from 15 Nov 2010 can be found here. The penalty for failing to comply with the Rules is a maximum fine of up to S$5,000 upon conviction.
Accreditation of Dog Trainers
With effect from 15 November 2010, any newly licensed dog of a breed listed in the Second Schedule or any dog assessed by the AVA to be aggressive and/or potentially dangerous, is required to undergo basic obedience training by an AVA-accredited dog trainer.
A copy of the course completion certificate must be emailed to AVA_CAWC@ava.gov.sg or submitted to: Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, 75 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118507.
For accreditation, dog trainers can use the following forms:
Information for Candidates
We are pleased to announce the group of successful applicants who are accredited by AVA to conduct basic obedience training for Scheduled dogs and for dogs assessed by AVA to require training.
The objective of the accreditation is to ensure minimum competency standards in dog training so that the dog can be properly controlled by its handler and will be less prone to show aggression or to bite.
This is not a mandatory accreditation scheme. Non-accredited dog trainers can continue to offer their services to the public but will not be recognized by AVA to train Scheduled dogs and other dogs required by AVA to be trained.
With effect from 15 Nov 2010, owner of any newly licensed dog of a breed listed in the Second Schedule or any dog assessed by the AVA to be potentially dangerous is required to take up an insurance policy for at least $100,000 coverage against injury to persons and damage to property.
A copy of the insurance policy must be emailed to AVA_CAWC@ava.gov.sg or submitted to: Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, 75 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118507.
For third-party insurance policy, the dog owner may wish to contact the following for details.
- AVA Insurance Angecy Pte Ltd
Address: 91 Bencoolen Street #09-06 Sunshine Plaza Singapore 189652
Tel: 6535 6838
Fax: 6535 6828
- Tenet Insurance Company Ltd (A member of Sompo Japan Group)
Tenet’s HomeBliss is a home insurance package that provides up to S$750,000 personal legal liability coverage to third party, including liability for bodily injury or property damage caused by your licensed pet dog(s)*
*Excluding dogs listed under Part I of the Second Schedule
Hotline: 6461 6555
- Liberty Insurance
PetCare is a comprehensive Pet insurance for dogs that covers Third Party Liability arising from owning a dog, accidential death and injuries, theft and also medical expenses arising from illness or accident.
Website : www.libertyinsurance.com.sg
Hotline: 1800-LIBERTY (1800-5423-789)
Address: 51 Club Street, #03-00 Liberty House, Singapore 069428
- AIA Singapore Private Limited
Hotline: 1800 248 8000
Address: 1 Robinson Road, AIA Tower, Singapore 048542
With effect from 15 Nov 2010, owner of any newly licensed dog of a breed listed in the Second Schedule or any dog assessed by the AVA to be potentially dangerous is required to take up Banker’s Guarantee of $2,000 (for dog of a breed listed in Part II of the Second Schedule) and $5,000 (for dog of a breed listed in Part I of the Second Schedule).
A copy of the Banker’s Guarantee must be emailed to AVA_CAWC@ava.gov.sg or submitted to: Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority, 75 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118507.
For banker's guarantee, dog owner may approach any local bank or seek assistance from the insurance company for administrative service of processing the banker's guarantee, if available. A template of the Banker’s Guarantee can be found here.
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.
A maximum of three dogs are allowed per private premises (non-HDB). Special permission must be obtained from AVA to keep more than three dogs.
With effect from 15 Nov 2010, a maximum of one Scheduled dog
can be licensed and kept per private premises (non-HDB). This change does not affect Scheduled dogs which have been licensed and kept prior to 15 Nov 2010.
Date of lodgement of application for dog licence
Total number of dogs (Scheduled and non-Scheduled) that can be kept in a private premises (non-HDB)
Before 15 Nov 2010
0 - 3
0 - 2
0 - 1
On and after 15 Nov 2010
0 - 3
Eg 1: Before15 Nov 2010, I already have 2 licensed Scheduled dogs. Can I still keep them?
Yes. The 2 Scheduled dogs licensed before 15 Nov 2010 are not affected by the amended rules on 15 Nov 2010.
Eg 2: Before 15 Nov 2010, I have 1 licensed Scheduled dog. I would like to take in another Scheduled dog now. Am I able to?
No, as there is already one Scheduled dog licensed in the premises. With effect from 15 Nov 2010, a maximum of one Scheduled dog can be licensed and kept per private premises.
Eg 3. If I have 3 non-Scheduled Dogs, am I allowed to keep 1 Scheduled dog?
No. A maximum of 3 dogs can be licensed and kept per private premises.
Eg 4. If I currently have 1 non-Scheduled Dog, am I allowed to keep 1 Scheduled Dog?Yes. This Scheduled dog will be subjected to the additional licensing conditions.
A maximum of three dogs are allowed per private premises, including commercial premises. Special permission must be obtained from AVA to keep more than three dogs. In addition, a letter of authorisation with the company stamp from the premises management will be required.
With effect from 15 Nov 2010, a maximum of one Scheduled dog
can be licensed and kept per commercial premises. This change does not affect Scheduled dogs which have been licensed and kept prior to 15 Nov 2010.
The licence fees for dogs other than in dog farms are as follows:
* An original sterilisation certificate must be produced if you are applying for the lower fee for sterilised dogs.
- For dogs below 5 months of age: S$15 per dog per annum
- For first three dogs:
- Sterilised: S$15 per dog per annum
- Non-sterilised: S$90 per dog per annum
- For fourth and subsequent dogs: S$180 per dog per annum. (A reduced licence fee of $15 per annum is allowed for the fourth dog with effect from 1 July 2014, provided it is a sterilised, obedience trained mongrel adopted from an animal welfare group rehoming partner of AVA)
* Any person wishing to keep a fourth and subsequent dog will need to seek AVA's prior approval. All applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the following evaluation criteria and conditions:
Dogs are securely kept within a premises that is large enough to comfortably house all 4 dogs;
All dogs are licensed and microchipped;
All dogs are healthy and in good condition;
Applicant has good control over the dogs; [Note: "Good control" means the dogs are able to react appropriately to the owner's commands]
Documentation that the 4th and subsequent dog is sterilised and obedience trained; and [Note: Obedience training courses will include training on basic obedience and social interaction (dog-to-dog and dog-to human). The trainers should be suitably qualified, and if the 4th dog is a dog specified under the Part II of the Second Schedule to the (Dog Licensing and Control)Rules, the dog trainer has to be from the list of accredited trainers.]
Applicant agrees to remove one of the four dogs when there is feedback on nuisance.To qualify for the reduced licence fee of $15 for the fourth dog, the applicant must also provide an adoption letter of the mongrel dog from one of AVA's rehoming partners, i.e. Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD), Agency for Animal Welfare (AAW), Animal Lover’s League (ALL), Causes for Animals (CAS), Humane Society of Singapore (HSS), Noah’s Ark CARES (NAC), Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD), Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Voices For Animals (VFA).
The licence 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
Please familiarise yourself with the following before making an application:
Conditions of dog licence
Apply online for a new dog licence
Apply online for a new dog licence (for non-SingPass holders only)
With effect from 19 August 2011, you can obtain your dog licence in 3 easy steps!
Step 1. Log in with your Singpass. We encourage applicants to apply for a SingPass at https://www.singpass.gov.sg/sppubsvc/req1.html. By using SingPass to log on, some of your particulars will be auto-populated for your convenience.
For applicants with no SingPass, please click on the link for non-SingPass holders only.
Step 2. Check your particulars and fill in the rest to complete your application.
AVA may request for supporting documents for our records.
Step 3. Once your application is approved, make payment.
If you are an existing GIRO customer with AVA, the licence fee will be deducted from your GIRO account. No online payment is required.
Once payment has been successful, we will mail your licence to you within two weeks.
Alternatively, you may submit by your dog licence application by mail to the Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, 75 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118507. AVA may request for supporting documents for our records.
The dog licence application form can be downloaded here.
Once payment has been successful, we will mail your licence to you.
Please note your online application number which will be referenced for continuing your draft, or for making payment online after your application has been approved. You can resume your application by clicking on the link that follows:
To resume your online application for a new dog licence
If you have submitted an online application, you can enquire on your application status. Please log in to check using your online application number and NRIC/ID. Our officer will contact you either through the sms service or telephone to inform you once your application has been approved and payment is due. A licence number is issued upon successful application and payment.
To pay for your licence online via eNETS Credit, eNETS Direct Debit or Flexipay.
You can also make payment through the following means:
- By GIRO. If you already have an existing GIRO account with AVA, the licence fee will be automatically deducted via GIRO.
- At AXS station. You can make payment using participating banks' ATM Card at any AXS Station. Please bring along payment slip and scan the barcode to make payment.
With effect from 01 July 2012, cashier counter at Centre for Animal Welfare and Control will be closed. Cash and cheque payments will no longer be accepted.
Dog licences are required to be renewed annually.
Please renew your dog licence online by eNETS Credit, eNETS Debit or Flexipay.
Alternatively, you can also make payment through the following means:
- By GIRO. The renewal fee for your dog licence will be automatically deducted via GIRO a month before expiry, upon successful GIRO subscription. With effect from 1st February 2014, dog licensees will also enjoy a 10% rebate if payment for licence fees is made via GIRO. GIRO is a convenient way to ensure that licence fees are paid on time. The dog licence fees if paid via GIRO are as follows.
Please download the GIRO application form here and mail it to the address indicated on the form.
Dog Licence Fees
Payment of Fees via GIRO
Fourth or subsequent dogs
- At Singapore Post Branch. You can renew your dog licence(s) by cash or NETS at any Singapore Post Branch.
- At AXS station. You can renew using participating banks' ATM Card at any AXS Station. Please bring along renewal notices that were sent to you and scan the barcode to make payment.
Online request for certified true copy of dog licence
You can submit an online request for a certified true copy If you have lost the dog licence. Each certified true copy costs S$9.45.
To pay replacement fees for certified true copy
Update licence details
To update licence details such as dog kept address, mailing address, owner address (for foreigners only), owner particulars, dog details and sterilisation status:
Update licence details (for Singpass holders)
Update licence details (for non-Singpass holders)
Change of dog kept address
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.
To update your address online, click on links above.
Alternately, you may email the form to AVA_CAWC@ava.gov.sg or mail to the Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, 75 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118507. The dog licence application form can be downloaded here.
Update of sterilisation status
To update the sterilisation status online, update sex of dog to “neutered male” or “sterilised female”, select vet centre where sterilisation was done at, and key in sterilisation certificate number.
To update sterilisation status online, click on the links above.
To submit the sterilisation certificate, email a scanned copy to AVA_CAWC@ava.gov.sg. Alternately, you may mail it to the Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, 75 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118507.
The dog owner is required under the Rules to inform AVA by submitting an online notification if he / she is no longer keeping the licensed dog, e.g. dog went missing, dog has been adopted, or the dog has passed away.
Please call the Animal Response Centre via 1800 476 1600 or email us.
Alternatively, please visit our Contact Info page.