Pets & Animals

Dog Licensing

Under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs must be licensed for rabies control.

Licensing Requirements

All dogs must be properly confined within the owner's premises. If your dog is in a public place, it must be leashed, properly supervised and controlled.

You are required to:

  • renew licence annually
  • inform AVA of the change of ownership of your dog
  • inform AVA of change of address where your dog is kept
  • inform AVA if your dog is lost or died
  • meet licence conditions

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 only for licensing purposes and is not an approval for you to keep the dog at the stated premises.

You may be compounded for the offence if you breach the rules or licence conditions. To avoid higher penalty in court and unnecessary inconvenience, please settle your penalty on time.

Licensing of Scheduled Dogs 

Scheduled dogs

Potentially dangerous dog breeds are listed under Scheduled Dogs of the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules. They are more frequently reported to attack people and additional measures are put in place to tighten the control to minimise attacks on people.

All dog breeds listed in Part I Scheduled Dogs are not allowed to be brought into Singapore for sale in pet shops or by existing dog owners from overseas who are coming into Singapore with their dogs. Part I Scheduled Dogs must also be sterilised if they are over 6 months of age.

Find out more about Scheduled Dogs and the summary of control measures with effect from 15 November 2010.

Non-HDB premises

As of 15 November 2010, only 1 dog breed listed in Scheduled Dogs can be licensed per non-HDB premise.

HDB premises

Under the Housing and Development Board (Animals) Rules 1989, any dog breed listed in Scheduled Dogs cannot be kept in a HDB residential unit.

Dog breeds listed in Scheduled Dogs are subject to additional licensing conditions. You can get a maximum fine of S$5,000 if you do not comply with the rules.

Accreditation of Dog Trainers

As of 15 November 2010, the following types of dogs have to undergo basic obedience training by an AVA-accredited dog trainer:

  • newly licensed dog of a breed listed in Scheduled Dogs
  • dog assessed by the AVA to be aggressive and/or potentially dangerous

This also apply to the dogs that were already in Singapore before the regulation was put in place.

A copy of the course completion certificate must be emailed to or submitted to:

Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (Headquarters)
JEM, 52 Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01, Singapore 608550

For accreditation, dog trainers can use these forms:

Accreditation ensures minimum competency standards in dog training to make sure the dog is properly controlled by its handler and will be less prone to show aggression or bite. Accreditation is not compulsory. Non-accredited dog trainers can continue to offer their services to the public but are not recognised by AVA to train Scheduled Dogs.

Refer to the list of accredited dog trainers for more information.

Insurance Coverage

As of 15 November 2010, the owners of these types of dogs are required to take up an insurance policy:

  • newly licensed dog of a breed listed in the Scheduled Dogs
  • dog assessed by the AVA to be potentially dangerous 

The insurance policy has to cover at least S$100,000 against injury to persons and damage to property. A copy of the insurance policy must be emailed or submitted to the Centre for Animal Welfare and Control at AVA. 

For third-party insurance policy, the dog owner may wish to contact the following for details. 

AIA Singapore Private Limited

Address: 1 Robinson Road AIA Tower Singapore 048542
Tel: 1800 248 8000

AVA Insurance Brokers Pte Ltd

Address: 91 Bencoolen Street #09-06 Sunshine Plaza Singapore 189652
Tel: (65) 6535 6838
Fax: (65) 6535 6828

 Liberty Insurance

PetCare is a comprehensive Pet insurance for dogs that covers Third Party Liability arising from owning a dog, accidental death and injuries, theft and also medical expenses arising from illness or accident.

Address: 51 Club Street #03-00 Liberty House Singapore 069428
Tel: 1800-LIBERTY (1800-5423-789)

 Sompo Insurance Singapore Pte Ltd

Address: 50 Raffles Place #05-01/06 Singapore Land Tower Singapore 048623
Tel: (65) 6461 6555

Aon Singapore Pte Ltd
Happy Tails® pet insurance offers lifetime coverage for dogs and cats, covering Third Party Legal Liability, surgical treatment arising from accident & illness, chemotherapy, specified hereditary & congenital conditions and more. Happy Tails® insurance is underwritten by MSIG Singapore and arranged by Aon Singapore.

Tel: (65) 6221 8222


Banker's Guarantee

The owner of a newly licensed dog of a breed listed in Scheduled Dogs or any dog assessed by the AVA to be potentially dangerous must take up Banker’s Guarantee.

Type of Breed Banker's Guarantee
Dog of a breed listed in Part II of the List of Scheduled Dogs S$2,000
Dog of a breed listed in Part I of the List of Scheduled Dogs S$5,000

A copy of the Banker’s Guarantee must be emailed to or submitted to:

Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (Headquarters)
JEM, 52 Jurong Gateway Road, #14-01, Singapore 608550

You can approach any local bank or seek assistance from the insurance company for administrative service of processing the banker's guarantee. 

Download the template of the Banker’s Guarantee.

Licensing of Dogs for HDB Residential Premises

Under the Housing and Development Board (HDB) Animals Rules 1989, HDB only allows 1 dog of an approved small breed per residential unit. You can face a fine of up of to S$4,000 if you fail to comply with this legislation.

Licensing of Dogs for Non-HDB Residential Premises

A maximum of 3 dogs are allowed per private (non-HDB) premise. You have to obtain special permission from AVA to keep more than 3 dogs.

With effect from 15 November 2010, a maximum of 1 Scheduled Dog can be licensed and kept per private premise. This change does not affect Scheduled dogs that have been licensed and kept before 15 November 2010.

Date of Dog Licence Application Scheduled Dogs Non Scheduled Dogs Maximum Number of Dogs
Before 15 November 2010 0 0-3 3
1 0-2
2 0-1
3 0
On and After 15 November 2010 0 0-3 3
1 0-2

Licensing of Dogs for Commercial Premises

Personal dogs kept in commercial premises

 A maximum of 3 dogs is allowed per commercial premise. You have to obtain special permission from AVA to keep more than 3 dogs. A letter of authorisation with the company stamp from the premises management is needed.

With effect from 15 November 2010, a maximum of 1 Scheduled Dog can be licensed and kept per commercial premise. This change does not affect Scheduled Dogs that have been licensed and kept before 15 November 2010.

Licence Fees

Licence Fees for Dogs not from a Farm
Dogs Below 5 months of age S$15 per dog per annum
1st 3 dogs Sterilised:
S$15 per dog per annum
S$90 per dog per annum
4th and subsequent dogs S$180 per dog per annum
A reduced licence fee of $15 per annum for the 4th dog with effect from 1 July 2014 (dog has to be sterilised, obedience trained mongrel adopted from an animal welfare group rehoming partner of AVA)

Provide an original sterilisation certificate if you are applying for a lower fee for sterilised dogs.

You need to seek AVA’s prior approval if you wish to keep a 4th and subsequent dog.

All applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will be subjected to these 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
  • Owner has good control over the dogs (dogs are able to react appropriately to the owner's commands)
  • Documentation that the 4th and subsequent dog is sterilised and obedience trained
  • Owner agrees to remove 1 of the 4 dogs when there is feedback on nuisance

To qualify for the reduced licence fee of S$15 for the 4th dog, the applicant must provide an adoption letter of the mongrel dog from one of AVA's rehoming partners:

  • Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD)
  • Agency for Animal Welfare (AAW)
  • Animal Lover’s League (ALL)
  • Causes for Animals (CAS)
  • Exclusively Mongrels (EM)
  • Humane Society of Singapore (HSS)
  • MercyLight Limited (ML)
  • Noah’s Ark CARES (NAC)
  • Purely Adoptions Limited (PA)
  • Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)
  • Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
  • Voices For Animals (VFA)
Dogs kept for breeding or sale in dog farms or pet shops

Currently, all dogs that are kept for breeding in dog farms have to be licensed under a breeding group dog licence.

From 1 Mar 2017, all dogs above 9 weeks old intended for sale by pet businesses must be licensed before they are sold. When a dog is sold, pet business will be required to transfer the ownership of the dog to the new owner (individuals and pet businesses) via the Pet Animal Licensing System (PALS).

Applying for a breeding or retail group dog licence

To obtain a group dog licence, you will need to have a licence to operate a  pet shop or dog farm (i.e. pet shop licence or farm licence). AVA will process the group dog licence(s) for you after you have obtained a valid pet shop or farm licence.

You must update your group dog licence if there are any changes to the licence owner and/or dog details.

Type of licence Who should apply? Number of dogs allowed per group licence
Breeding group dog licence Dog farms that are keeping dogs intended for breeding Must not exceed maximum number permitted by the breeding group dog licence tier
Retail group dog licence (effective from 1 Mar 2017) Pet shops and dog farms that are keeping dogs intended for sale Must not exceed the number approved by AVA under the pet shop licensing conditions

Licence Fees

Licence Fees for Dogs Kept for Breeding in Dog Farms
More than 300 dogs S$3,500 per annum
201 - 300 dogs S$1,700 per annum
101 - 200 dogs S$1,100 per annum
100 or fewer dogs S$650 per annum
Licence Fees for Dogs Kept for Sale in Dog Farms or Pet Shops
101 - 200 dogs S$1,000 per annum
51 - 100 dogs S$500 per annum
21 - 50 dogs S$250 per annum
11 - 20 dogs S$100 per annum
10 or fewer dogs S$50 per annum

Dog Licensing e-Services

Application for New Dog Licence Online

Do take note of the conditions of dog licence before making an application.

 You may apply for a new dog licence online

Payment for New Dog Licence


You can pay for your licence online.


If you already have an existing GIRO account with AVA, the licence fee will be automatically deducted via GIRO.

Cash and cheque payments are not accepted.

 Renewal of Dog Licence

Dog licences must be renewed annually.


You can renew your dog licence online.


Enjoy a 10% discount if you pay by GIRO. It is a convenient way to ensure that licence fees are paid on time.

Licence fee per dog  Licence fee per dog (paid via GIRO)
Sterilised dogs S$15 S$13.50
Unsterilised dogs S$90 S$81
4th or subsequent dogs S$180 S$162

You can download the GIRO application form and mail it to the address stated on the form. For more information on GIRO payment, refer to GIRO.

Upon successful GIRO subscription, the renewal fee for your dog licence will be automatically deducted via GIRO a month before expiry.

Please submit your GIRO application at least 3 months before the expiry of your dog licence. Should you not receive notification from AVA on your GIRO application approval at least 1 month before your licence expires, please continue to make payment via PALS or AXS.

AXS Station

You can renew your licence at any AXS Station. Enter your licence application number or bring along your payment notice (downloadable online) and scan the barcode to make payment.

 With effect from 18 Jan 2016, payment of dog licence will not be accepted at the Singapore Post Office.

Change of Dog's Sterilisation Status

Update your dog's sterilisation status and  upload the sterilisation certificate online to qualify for the reduced fee of $15 for sterilised dogs for future renewals.

Change of Address Where the Dog is Being Kept

The dog must be kept at the address it is registered to. If it is kept at another place, you must inform AVA within 28 days of the change in address. You may be fined if you fail to do so.

You can update the dog's registered address online.

Cancellation of Dog Licence

If you are no longer keeping your dog, you must cancel your dog licence and submit the following documents.

Reason for cancellation  Supporting Document
Dog is lost Police report
Dog has passed away Death certificate
Dog has been exported Export certificate

Change of Dog Ownership

If you are giving away your dog, you are required to change the ownership of the dog online, by providing the new owner's Name, Mobile Number and Email Address.

 The new owner will then be notified to accept/reject the change of dog ownership. Once the transaction is completed, a notification will be sent to you via email/SMS.


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