Dogs in private premises

A maximum of three dogs is allowed to be kept in any one private (non-HDB residential or commercial) premises.

Only one Specified dog can be licensed and kept in each private (non-HDB residential or commercial) premises. This rule does not affect Specified dogs that have been licensed and kept in any such premises before 15 November 2010 as long as the licences have not been revoked or are renewed and not subsequently revoked.


Number of licensed dogs allowed per unit of non-HDB residential or commercial premises
Date of dog licence application Number of Specified dogs allowed Number of non-Specified dogs allowed  Maximum number of dogs allowed
 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 

Can a licensee keep more dogs?

You need to seek prior approval from AVS by writing in to us at if you wish to keep more than 3 dogs not being of a Specified dog breed. All applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, subject to these evaluation criteria:

  • Dogs are securely kept within a premises that is large enough to comfortably house all of them.
  • All dogs are licensed and microchipped.
  • All dogs are healthy and in good condition.
  • Handler has good control over the dogs. Dogs should show they can react appropriately to their handler’s commands.
  • Documentation that each subsequent dog is sterilised and obedience-trained.
  • Licensee agrees to remove any of the dogs to reduce the number to 3 dogs if there is feedback that the dogs are causing a nuisance.


To qualify for a reduced licence fee of S$15 for the fourth dog, the applicant must produce an adoption letter confirming that their pet is a mongrel from one of our rehoming partners: