Dog Licences and Laws

Dog Licences and Laws 

Dog Licences

If you have a dog over four months old you must have a licence for him/her and the person to whom the licence is issued must be over 16 years of age.   All dogs are required to be licensed each year under the Control of Dogs Act 1986.

Licences are available for purchase for €12.70 from your Council Offices or from your local Post Office.

The Dog Warden regularly performs licence inspections throughout the Country. If you fail to produce a valid licence for inspection the Warden will issue a fine of €30.00 under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 and failure to pay the fine will result in a prosecution. Failure to pay this fine can lead to a prosecution with a maximum fine of €1,269.74 and/or up to 3 months imprisonment, if convicted.


Keeping Your Pet Under Control:

Failure to keep your dog under effectual control will result in a fine of €30.00.

This includes your dog being unaccompanied in any public place or not being kept under control in public and excessive barking which causes a nuisance to any person.

Additionally, from the 1st June to 30th September of each year it is an offence to walk a dog on Killiney Beach, Seapoint Beach, or Corbawn Beach under the Beach Bye-Laws.


Dog Fouling:

Under the Litter Pollution Act 1997 it is an offence not to clean up after your dog. Failure to clean up after your dog’s waste can lead to a €125 "on-the-spot" fine. Failure to pay this fine can lead to a prosecution with a maximum fine of €3,000, if convicted.

Dogs are responsible to a large degree for an infection known as toxocariasis.  Children are more commonly infected by this infection as they are most likely to handle contaminated soil.  Anyone who has walked in dog dirt knows how messy, smelly and unpleasant it is.  Letting your dog foul in public areas is anti-social and totally unacceptable.

 Pooper Scoopers are available Free of Charge from some Council Offices .  (However you can do just as a good a job with some plastic or freezer bags from your home.)



The following breeds MUST be muzzled at all times when out in public:

American Pitt Bull Terrier

Japanese Akita

Ban Dog

Japanese Tosa

Bull Mastiff

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Doberman Pinscher


English bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

German Shepard/Alsatian

Any crossbreed of these

These dogs must also be lead by a person over the age of 16 and kept on a strong chain or lead not longer than 2 metres.


Stray Dogs

Stray dogs will be taken by the dog warden to the dog pound where they must be kept for 5 days.  If you want to reclaim your dog, you will have to pay the Pound a reclaim fee of €12.70 plus a charge of €6.30 bed and board for each night your dog remains in the Pound.  If you do not have a current dog licence you will have to buy one also for €12.70. 



You cannot lead more than four greyhounds at any time in any public place and they must be led by a sufficiently strong chain or leash.


Dog Identification

Your dog must wear a collar with your name and address inscribed on it or on a plate, badge or disc attached to the collar.

If you do not have identification for your dog you can be fined €30 by the dog warden or in the District Court you could get a fine of €12.70 and / or 3 months imprisonment.





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