The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) yesterday urged dog owners in the Sultanate to register for a dog license by February 1, 2023.
Companion dogs three months and older (before February 1 each year) must be registered, as must those whose licenses and badges have expired.
The dog license is BND5, while the registration is BND3. Registration can be done at the counters located on the third floor of the Municipal Department of Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) at Jalan Perdana Menteri from Monday to Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.
For those in Belait District, registration can be done at the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Department Payment Counter in the Main Building, located at Jalan McKerron, Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., or 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.
Dog owners can also go to the main government department building of the Tutong Municipal Department in Bukit Bendera, with counter services available Monday to Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. On Thursday, the counter is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., while on Saturday it operates from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Section 4, Chapter 60 of the Dogs Act states that it is an offense for a dog owner not to register their canine pets. If found guilty, the owner can be fined BND 250 or 14 days imprisonment for the first offence, a fine of BND 500 or one month imprisonment for the second and subsequent offenses .
The MoHA reminded the public that registered dogs should have a tag around their neck at all times. Owners who have registered their dog but have not yet placed the dog tag on their pets will be fined BND 250 or one month imprisonment under Section 5(1), Chapter 60 of the Dogs Act.
Dog owners assume full responsibility for their pets and must keep them within the confines of the home, either in a crate or on a leash.
For more information on registration, contact BSB Municipal Department on 2232426 (ext. 303), Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Department on 3335567/3347495 or Tutong Municipal Department on 4221009/8282965.