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Updated: 10/2020

Permission to own and walk a dog which is considered to be potentially dangerous

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  • What do you need to know?
  • What do you need to do?

The FEE is € 53

It is VALID for 5 YEARS

It can be applied for AT ANY TIME​

It can be processed IN PERSON, ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE​

What is it?

It is the permit granted by the city council that gives an individual the right to own a potentially dangerous dog and walk it in public spaces. The licence is personal and non-transferable and must be renewed every 5 years.

Important information

A potentially dangerous dog is one which, because of its breed, its aggressive nature, and the size or strength of its jaw, is capable of injuring or killing people or other animals and causing damage to public or private property.

  • Dogs considered to be potentially dangerous are the following:
    • The following breeds, or their crosses: Akita inu, American Staffordshire terrier, bull mastiff, Doberman, Argentinian mastiff, Bordeaux mastiff, Brazilian mastiff, Neapolitan mastiff, pit bull terrier, Canary Islands hunting dog, Rottweiler, Staffordshire bull terrier and tosa inu or Japanese tosa.

Those that have been aggressive towards people or other dogs.

  • Those that have been trained to attack and defend.
  • Those with the following features: strong jaws, powerful appearance, robustness, agility, vigour, resistance, marked character and bravery, thick, muscular and short neck, etc., and other features mentioned in annex II of Royal Decree 287/2002, of 22 March.

Why is it important to apply for it?

It is a compulsory formality for anyone owning a potentially dangerous dog, which is designed to ensure the safety of the city. If you do not have the relevant licence, you may be fined. The fine may be small, medium or very large and sums of between € 60 up to € 30,000 may be payable.

You can also consult the city council's website for formalities

Who does it apply to?

It is aimed at all individuals of legal age who own or possess dogs which are considered to be potentially dangerous.

Who should apply for it?

The application can be submitted as follows:

  • By the person of legal age owning the animal.
  • By any person who has to walk a dog considered to be potentially dangerous in public spaces and who is capable of giving the necessary care to the dog. This includes all members of a family unit who take the dog for a walk and also to dog walkers.
What requirements must be met?
  • You must be of legal age.
  • You must be capable of giving the necessary care to the dog.
  • You must not have been convicted of the crimes of murder, injury or torture, or crimes against freedom or moral integrity, sexual freedom and public health.
  • You must not have been convicted of association with any armed gang or drug-trafficking ring.
  • You must not have been fined for offences in relation to owning potentially dangerous animals.
  • You need to provide a certificate of physical and psychological fitness.
  • You must have third party civil liability insurance with a minimum cover of € 150,253.
Which body is responsible for the formality?

Barcelona City Council - Ecology, Planning and Mobility 

What advice and suggestions could help you?
  • The licence is valid for 5 years and throughout Spain. If a potentially dangerous dog changes district, it must be deregistered from the register for the district it lived in and registered at the town council in the new district.
  • Owners and walkers of potentially dangerous dogs must comply with the following obligations:
    • The dogs must be walked on a lead, with a non-extendible lead no more than 2 metres long, and with a muzzle.
    • The facilities where the dogs are housed must be such as to prevent the animals from getting out and injuring third parties:
      • The walls and fencing must be high and strong enough and must be well fixed to support the animal's weight and pressure.
      • The doors to the facilities must be robust and designed to prevent the animals unhinging or opening the security mechanisms themselves.
      • The enclosure must be well signed with the warning that there is a dog of this kind inside.
    • Only one potentially dangerous dog may be walked per person.
    • Breeding potentially dangerous dogs is forbidden, except at facilities registered on the zoological centres register as a breeding centre.
  • In the event that a person applies for a licence to walk potentially dangerous dogs which are not owned by them (dog walkers, animal rescue volunteers and kennels staff, etc.), a licence to walk potentially dangerous dogs must be applied for from the city council. Unlike the licences for individuals, no dog's name or chip appears, given that the dogs will change from time to time.
  • The Citizen Help and Information Office offers a face-to-face service in the following languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Urdu and sign language. Opening hours, by prior appointment, are Mondays to Saturdays, 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except in August, when Saturday opening hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). 
What other linked formalities should you know about?

If you have an animal which is considered to be potentially dangerous, prior to obtaining the licence to own potentially dangerous dogs, you need to obtain:

What do you need to do?

You can get the licence to own potentially dangerous dogs by going to the municipal citizens information office. Nevertheless, you can get the application form and start the process over the Internet (online and without a digital certificate), by telephone or in person.

Select the channel that seems most suitable for you and see the steps you need to take.

Online
Telephone
In person

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Apply for registration of the animal

The first step you need to take to prove ownership of a pet when you arrive in the city of Barcelona is to register it in the register of pets and wild animals in captivity.

To get information about the procedure for registering animals, go to the relevant formality, where information and all the details about how to do it are provided.

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Fill in the form and gather the documentation

You need to access the application form, fill it in, confirm the details and print it.

The application form is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

Before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested.

Documentation
General documentation to obtain the licence for the first time
  • Original and photocopy of the application form for the licence, duly filled in.
  • Copy of the payment made for the fee.
  • Original and photocopy of the DNI, passport or driving licence.
  • Sworn declaration stating that you have not been sanctioned for serious or very serious offences.
  • Certificate of physical capacity and psychological fitness (original).
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • Copy of the payment form for registration in the pets register.
  • Proof of the animal’s identification by microchip.
  • In the case of citizens from other EU countries, a criminal record certificate must be provided.
Documentation to renew the licence
  • Original and photocopy of the application form for the licence, duly filled in.
  • Copy of the payment made for the fee.
  • Original and photocopy of the DNI, passport or driving licence.
  • Sworn declaration stating that you have not been sanctioned for serious or very serious offences.
  • Certificate of physical capacity and psychological fitness (original).
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • In the case of citizens from other EU countries, a criminal record certificate must be provided.
Documentation to acquire a new dangerous dog
  • Photocopy of the card for the first dog.
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • Copy of the payment form for registration in the pets register.
  • Proof of the animal’s identification by microchip.

If you already have a current licence and have acquired another potentially dangerous dog, you can submit the documentation for the new animal by post to the Barcelona Animal Protection Office.

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Pay the relevant fee

You can pay the fee over the Internet or at a bank and continue the process in person.

The licence costs € 53.

Choose the payment method and print the documents that appear.

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Make an appointment beforehand

To apply for the licence for owning potentially dangerous dogs and submit all the required documents, you will need to make an appointment at any citizen help and information office. To do that, access the portal for appointments with Barcelona City Council or call 010. 

You can check the documentation needed in the second stage of the process (2. Fill in the form and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

To request an appointment, you need to choose the most suitable office for you:

Places where you can complete the formality

 

  • Citizens Information Office in the Plaza de Sant Miquel
  • Ciutat Vella District Citizens Information Office
  • L’Eixample District Citizens Information Office
  • Sants-Montjuic District Citizens Information Office
  • La Marina Citizens Information Office
  • Les Corts District Citizens Information Office
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District Citizens Information Office
  • Gràcia District Citizens Information Office
  • Horta-Guinardó District Citizens Information Office
  • Nou Barris District Citizens Information Office
  • Zona Nord Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Andreu District Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Martí District Citizens Information Office

 

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Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation required

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated. You need to provide the details of the owner and the animal the licence is being obtained for, and hand over the documentation required.

You can check the documentation needed in the second stage of the process (2. Fill in the form and gather the documentation > Documentation).

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You will receive the licence card by post

Once the formality has been completed and all the application data have been checked, the city council will send you the licence card by post, or notify you of its refusal, within approximately 3 months.

Before sending you the licence, if the documentation is in order, the city council will send you a provisional licence. The provisional licence is valid for 6 months.

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Apply for registration of the animal

The first step you need to take to prove ownership of a pet when you arrive in the city of Barcelona is to register it in the register of pets and wild animals in captivity.

To get information about the procedure for registering animals, go to the relevant formality, where information and all the details about how to do it are provided.

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Call, give the details and gather the documentation

If you call from the city of Barcelona, call 010. During the phone call you have to provide the owner’s details and the details of the animal for which the licence to own potentially dangerous animals is being obtained.

 

Information and processing telephone: 010

The telephone service is available in English, French, Catalan and Spanish.

You need to have the documentation required to hand in order to process the licence. Therefore, before starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested.

Documentation
General documentation to obtain the licence for the first time
  • Original and photocopy of the application form for the licence, duly filled in.
  • Copy of the payment made for the fee.
  • Original and photocopy of the DNI, passport or driving licence.
  • Sworn declaration stating that you have not been sanctioned for serious or very serious offences.
  • Certificate of physical capacity and psychological fitness (original).
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • Copy of the payment form for registration in the pets register.
  • Proof of the animal’s identification by microchip.
  • In the case of citizens from other EU countries, a criminal record certificate must be provided.
Documentation to renew the licence
  • Original and photocopy of the application form for the licence, duly filled in.
  • Copy of the payment made for the fee.
  • Original and photocopy of the DNI, passport or driving licence.
  • Sworn declaration stating that you have not been sanctioned for serious or very serious offences.
  • Certificate of physical capacity and psychological fitness (original).
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • In the case of citizens from other EU countries, a criminal record certificate must be provided.
Documentation to acquire a new dangerous dog
  • Photocopy of the card for the first dog.
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • Copy of the payment form for registration in the pets register.
  • Proof of the animal’s identification by microchip.

If you already have a current licence and have acquired another potentially dangerous dog, you can submit the documentation for the new animal by post to the Barcelona Animal Protection Office.

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You will receive the licence application and the fee payment form

You will receive the licence application, the form for payment of the licence fee and the statement of compliance by ordinary post.

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Pay the fee

You can pay the fee over the Internet or at a bank and continue the process in person.

The licence costs € 53.

Choose the payment method and print the documents that appear.

Next
Make an appointment beforehand

To apply for the licence for owning potentially dangerous dogs and submit all the required documents, you will need to make an appointment at any citizen help and information office. To do that, access the portal for appointments with Barcelona City Council or call 010. 

You can check the documentation needed in the second stage of the process (2. Call, provide the details and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

To request an appointment, you need to choose the most suitable office for you:

Places where you can complete the formality

 

  • Citizens Information Office in the Plaza de Sant Miquel
  • Ciutat Vella District Citizens Information Office
  • L’Eixample District Citizens Information Office
  • Sants-Montjuic District Citizens Information Office
  • La Marina Citizens Information Office
  • Les Corts District Citizens Information Office
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District Citizens Information Office
  • Gràcia District Citizens Information Office
  • Horta-Guinardó District Citizens Information Office
  • Nou Barris District Citizens Information Office
  • Zona Nord Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Andreu District Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Martí District Citizens Information Office

 

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Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation required

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated. You need to provide the details of the owner and the animal the licence is being obtained for, and hand over the documentation required.

You can check the documentation needed in the second stage of the process (2. Call, provide the details and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Next
You will receive the licence card by post

Once the formality has been completed and all the application data have been checked, the city council will send you the licence card by post, or notify you of its refusal, within approximately 3 months.

Before sending you the licence, if the documentation is in order, the city council will send you a provisional licence. The provisional licence is valid for 6 months.

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Apply for registration of the animal

The first step you need to take to prove ownership of a pet when you arrive in the city of Barcelona is to register it in the register of pets and wild animals in captivity.

To get information about the procedure for registering animals, go to the relevant formality, where information and all the details about how to do it are provided.

Next
Make an appointment beforehand and get the documentation together

To obtain the payment form for the licence for owning potentially dangerous dogs, you will need to make an appointment at any citizen help and information office. You can do that by accessing the portal for appointments with Barcelona City Council or call 010. 

Access to request an appointment beforehand is only available in Catalan and Spanish.

To request an appointment, you need to choose the most suitable office for you:

Places where you can complete the formality

 

  • Citizens Information Office in the Plaza de Sant Miquel
  • Ciutat Vella District Citizens Information Office
  • L’Eixample District Citizens Information Office
  • Sants-Montjuic District Citizens Information Office
  • La Marina Citizens Information Office
  • Les Corts District Citizens Information Office
  • Sarrià-Sant Gervasi District Citizens Information Office
  • Gràcia District Citizens Information Office
  • Horta-Guinardó District Citizens Information Office
  • Nou Barris District Citizens Information Office
  • Zona Nord Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Andreu District Citizens Information Office
  • Sant Martí District Citizens Information Office

 

Before going to the appointment and starting the application, find out about and prepare the documentation that will be requested.

Documentation
General documentation to obtain the licence for the first time
  • Original and photocopy of the application form for the licence, duly filled in.
  • Copy of the payment made for the fee.
  • Original and photocopy of the DNI, passport or driving licence.
  • Sworn declaration stating that you have not been sanctioned for serious or very serious offences.
  • Certificate of physical capacity and psychological fitness (original).
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • Copy of the payment form for registration in the pets register.
  • Proof of the animal’s identification by microchip.
  • In the case of citizens from other EU countries, a criminal record certificate must be provided.
Documentation to renew the licence
  • Original and photocopy of the application form for the licence, duly filled in.
  • Copy of the payment made for the fee.
  • Original and photocopy of the DNI, passport or driving licence.
  • Sworn declaration stating that you have not been sanctioned for serious or very serious offences.
  • Certificate of physical capacity and psychological fitness (original).
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • In the case of citizens from other EU countries, a criminal record certificate must be provided.
Documentation to acquire a new dangerous dog
  • Photocopy of the card for the first dog.
  • Photocopy of the liability insurance policy which includes the animal’s identification data (name, breed, microchip code), covering third party injury for not less than €150,253.
  • Photocopy of the receipt proving payment for the civil liability insurance, which must be in force.
  • Copy of the payment form for registration in the pets register.
  • Proof of the animal’s identification by microchip.

If you already have a current licence and have acquired another potentially dangerous dog, you can submit the documentation for the new animal by post to the Barcelona Animal Protection Office.

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Go to the place indicated and request the licence application and the payment form

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated. Once there, you can ask for the licence application and fee payment form.

Collect the application forms and sign them. Then you have to pay the fee and return to the office to hand over all the documentation.

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Pay the fee

You can pay the fee over the Internet or at a bank and continue the process in person.

The licence costs € 53.

Choose the payment method and print the documents that appear.

Next
Make an appointment beforehand

After paying the fee, you need to make another appointment to go to the citizens information office to submit all the documentation required and hand over the proof of payment of the fee. 

You can check the documentation needed in the second stage of the process (2. Make an appointment and gather the documentation > Documentation). You can also find the offices where you can complete the formality in this section.

Next
Go to the place indicated and hand over the documentation required

On the day of the appointment, go to the place indicated. You need to provide the details of the owner and the animal the licence is being obtained for, and hand over the documentation required.

You can check the documentation needed in the second stage of the process (2. Make an appointment and gather the documentation > Documentation).

Next
You will receive the licence card by post

Once the formality has been completed and all the application data have been checked, the city council will send you the licence card by post, or notify you of its refusal, within approximately 3 months.

Before sending you the licence, if the documentation is in order, the city council will send you a provisional licence. The provisional licence is valid for 6 months.

Important information

Formalities tend to change fairly frequently. That is why it is only the regulations in force that apply when you carry out the formality in question.