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Under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs must be licensed. This is for traceability in the event of an outbreak in disease, such as rabies. In such instances, the licensee is expected to produce the dog for examination, if required.

You can apply for a new dog licence online via the Pet Animal Licensing System (PALS). Please note the information below before submitting your application.

Licensing requirements

Licensees are required to comply with the following requirements:

  • Renewing your dog’s licence before it expires via PALS*.
  • Inform AVS of any change of licensee by initiating the transfer via PALS.
  • Inform AVS if the address where the licensed dog is kept has changed by updating the address via PALS.
  • Inform AVS if the licensed dog is missing or has passed away by cancelling the dog licence via PALS.
  • Ensure that all other licensing conditions are met, which can be found here.

*For more information and step-by-step instructions on dog licensing e-services, click here.

Do note that all dogs need to be properly confined. Dogs in a public space must be leashed and properly supervised and controlled.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are allowed by HDB or your estate management to keep the dog in the premises registered in your licence application. The dog licence is not an approval to keep the dog at the stated premises.

The licensee may be liable for an offence in the event of any breach of the rules or licensing conditions.

Licence fees

 Licence Fees for dogs not kept in a farm
 Category  One-year licence* Two-year licence   Three-year licence  
 Dogs below five months of age   S$15 per dog  N.A.   N.A.
 First three dogs


S$15 per dog


S$90 per dog


S$25 per dog


S$165 per dog


S$35 per dog


S$230 per dog

 Fourth and subsequent dog

S$180 per dog


A reduced licence fee of S$15 for the fourth dog**

S$325 per dog


A reduced licence fee of S$25 for the fourth dog**

S$460 per dog


A reduced licence fee of S$35 for the fourth dog**

*With effect from 1 March 2018, a 10% rebate will be extended to licensees who make payment via GIRO, online, or via AXS. Prices quoted exclude the 10% rebate.
**Dog has to be a sterilised, obedience-trained mongrel adopted from our animal welfare rehoming partner. 

Licensing of Specified dogs 

Specified dogs

Planning to own a German Shepherd or Rottweiler? Such potentially dangerous dog breeds are listed under the Second Schedule of the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules ("Specified Dogs"). These are breeds reported to be more aggressive, and additional measures such as muzzling, have been put in place to minimise chances of an attack. 

For non-HDB property, only one dog of any breed from the Specified dogs list can be licensed and kept in each such premises.

For HDB property, no dog of any breed in the list of Specified dogs is allowed to be kept under the Housing and Development Board (Animals) Rules.

All dog breeds listed in Part I of the list of Specified dogs (except for those which have already been licensed) are currently not allowed into Singapore, be it for sale, temporary visit, or permanent stay.

Specified dogs are subject to additional licensing conditions. You can be fined a maximum of S$5,000 if you do not comply with the rules or conditions.

A summary of the rules regarding Specified dog breeds, as well as the list of Specified dogs, can be found here.