Dogs and the law

Microchipping

You are required by law for your dog to be microchipped. You must ensure your pet is chipped by the time it is 8 weeks old. Your dog must also still wear a collar and tag with your name and address on it when out in a public place.

You can be fined up to £5000 if your dog does not have a collar and tag even if it is microchipped.

It is your responsibility for keeping your dog’s microchipping information up to date. You can check your dog’s chip number to find out where your dog is registered. If you do not have the chip number you can ask a vet, a civic enforcement officer or a rescue centre to scan it for you.

If a dog is collected from Stray Aid [external link] the owner will be advised they must have their dog micro-chipped. This service can be provided at time of collection.

If a dog is to be re-homed, it will be microchipped before being released to the new owner.

Our enforcement officers always carry a microchip scanner to identify and help reunite dogs and their owners.

Buying a dog

If you buy a dog, ask for proof the dog you are buying is chipped. This can be checked on the following:

  • Microchip certificate
  • Vet records
  • Pet passport
  • Insurance papers

Remember to update the chip details to your name and address when you buy a dog.