Those who own an XL Bully or a dog with XL Bully characteristics can apply for a Certificate of Exemption online, by email or post. Before applying, you must pay an application fee and have third party public liability insurance for banned breeds of dogs. This can be provided by the Dogs Trust and the policy must be renewed annually. It is currently £25 a year.
If applying for an exemption via post or email, you will have to ensure the application is with DEFRA by 15th January 2024. If applying online, owners have until 12:00 pm on 31st January 2024.
Acting Chief Inspector Carrie Diamond says “Lincolnshire Police, have been working closely with partners ahead of the new laws to promote responsible ownership and will be issuing guidance and reminders to owners that their dogs will need to be registered by the 31st of January 2024. As a force we understand that there are concerns in relation to the new laws and we want responsible owners to be able to keep their dogs. We are therefore encouraging owners to read and understand the DEFRA guidance and take the necessary steps to stay within the law to prevent their dog being seized”.
“If you believe your dog has the defined characteristic set out by the government, or you are aware your dog is an XL Bully, we are requesting that you apply for an exemption certificate as soon as possible.