Legislation - Microchipping and Dog Collars
Microchipping and Dogs
A microchip is the most effective way to reunite lost pets with their owners. All owners are responsible for ensuring microchipped pets are registered on a database and their details kept up to date. This is the only way to reunite you with your pet should it stray. Since April 2016 it has been the law to ensure all dogs are microchipped by the time they are 8 weeks old, and registered on a DEFRA compliant database. Failure to do this can result in a fine of up to £500 per dog. All dogs should also be microchipped and registered to the breeder before they are sold.
Read more about getting your dog microchipped.
Read The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulation 2015.
Read Dog Licencing and Microchipping in Northern Ireland.
Microchipping and Horses
All horse owners have until October 2020 to make sure that all horses are microchipped. The new law requiring horses to be microchipped has been introduced to prevent abuse and improve welfare.
Read more about compulsory microchipping to improve horse welfare.
Dog Collar Legislation
Under the Control of Dogs Order 1992, all dogs must wear a collar and identity tag in a public place. The tag must enable the owner / keeper to be contacted. Local authorities enforce this law and fines of up to £5000 can be given by the Courts for non compliance.
Read more about the Control of Dogs Order 1992.