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Under the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules, all dogs must be licensed for traceability in the event of an outbreak in disease, such as rabies.

Licensing requirements

All dogs must be properly confined within their owners’ premises. If your dog is in a public place, it must be leashed and properly supervised and controlled.

You are required to manage your dog’s licensing requirements, which include:

  • Renewing your dog’s licence before it expires.
  • Informing us of any change of ownership regarding your dog.
  • Informing us when the address where your dog is kept has changed.
  • Informing us if your dog is missing or has died.
  • Meeting all licensing conditions.
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 only for licensing purposes and not an approval to keep the dog at the stated premises.
Enforcement action will be taken for any breach of 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 owners 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 Scheduled dogs 

Scheduled dogs

Potentially dangerous dog breeds are known as Scheduled dogs, and are listed under the Scheduled dogs section of the Animals and Birds (Dog Licensing and Control) Rules. These are breeds reported to be more aggressive, and additional measures such as muzzling, have been put in place to minimise attacks. 
All dog breeds listed in Part I of the list of Scheduled dogs are not allowed into Singapore, be it for sale, temporary visit, or permanent stay.

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

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

Non-HDB premises

As of 15 November 2010, only one dog breed from the Scheduled dogs list can be licensed under each non-HDB premises.

HDB premises

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