Pets are great additions to the family but they need a lot of attention and care. Also, not everyone likes animals, so tenants should be aware of the rules set down in their tenancy agreement.
If you live in a flat or maisonette the tenancy conditions ask you not to keep any pets without permission in writing from the Area Manager. These rules are not there to stop tenants enjoying pets, but to ensure that everyone living in the block of flats or maisonette enjoy living there.
If you own a pet and do not take proper care of its needs or cause a nuisance with it, we will take appropriate action.
If you would like to discuss any matter relating to pet ownership, please contact your local office.
Download a copy of the General Conditions of tenancy.
Since the 2nd April 2012, district councils in Northern Ireland are responsible for the welfare of domestic pets.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a pet, please contact your local officer.
Belfast City Council Area
Sandie Lightfoot. Telephone: 02890 270431
Eastern Area - Ards, Castlereagh, Down, Lisburn and North Down
Ian McCreery. Telephone: 028 90494567
Northern Area - Antrim, Ballymena, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Cookstown, Larne, Magherafelt, Moyle and Newtownabbey
Sam Jackson. Telephone: 028 25660412
Southern Area - Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Dungannon, Newry and Mourne
Mark Brown: Telephone: 028 37515800
Western Area - Derry/Londonderry, Fermanagh, Limavady, Omagh and Strabane
Karen Kerr George. Telephone: 028 82256226
Dog mess is a nuisance and it is associated with various diseases. Dog owners should clean up after their dog in public places.
People who do not clean up after their dog may be fined by their local council.
For further information, you should check with your local council.