XL Bully dogs in Scotland

Rules you must follow if you own an XL Bully dog. Includes information on how to apply for an exemption certificate for your XL Bully.

How to apply for an exemption


You can apply for a Certificate of Exemption online on GOV.UK. Online applications will be open until 31 July 2024. 

If you cannot apply online, you can download and fill in a paper application. You must send this to us by 15 July 2024. Post it to: 

XL Bully Dog Exemption Team
Room GW15 
Scottish Government 
St Andrew’s House 
2 Regent Road 
Edinburgh EH1 3DG 

Whilst we will try to process applications within a few days, it may take up to a few weeks. If you apply shortly before the closing date, you may not receive your Certificate of Exemption by 1 August 2024. If this happens and the authorities ask to see your certificate, you can show them proof that you applied. 

If you need help with your application 

Email xlbullydogenquiries@gov.scot with: 

  • your full name 

  • your postcode 

  • the name of your dog 

If you have more than one dog, you must apply and pay the fee for each dog separately. 


Email: xlbullydogenquiries@gov.scot


XL Bully Dog Exemption Team
Scottish Government 
St Andrew’s House - Room GW15 
2 Regent Road 
EH1 3DG 

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