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How to apply for the exemption examination for large dogs held by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department?

Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department

A dog owner should hold his/her large dog (weighted over 20kg) on a leash not more than 2 metres in length when in public places. This requirement does not apply to dogs in any country parks or while swimming at sea.

If a dog owner wants to exercise his/her dog off leash, he/she may participate in "Exemption Examination for Large Dogs" held by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD). If the dog demonstrates that it can be controlled off leash in the exemption examination, exemption will be offered to the dog owner. Please click here for the protocol of how the examination will be conducted.

AFCD will hold examination sessions every year. Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. For the registration quota of every examination, please refer to Please note that participation in the examination is voluntary. Owners of large dogs who are content to exercise their dogs on leash in public places and outdoor areas need not apply to sit for this examination.

Application Details


Application form for exemption examination for large dogs (PDF) 

  1. Completed Application form for exemption examination for large dogs (PDF)
  2. Copy of valid dog licence

  3. Copy of valid vaccination certificate of major infectious diseases (i.e. Canine distemper virus, Canine parvovirus and Canine contagious hepatitis virus)
Application Procedures
  1. Please go to AFCD's website or call 1823 to check the schedules of exemption examination for larger dogs
  2. Send the completed application form and required documents to AFCD New Territories South Animal Management Centre 3 weeks before the examination date. You may submit the documents by fax, by mail or in person -

    NT South Animal Management Centre
    Address: 9 To Shek Path, Shatin, N.T.
    Fax: 2609 4642
Free of Charge 
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Last update: 4 Sep 2019
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