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Control of Dogs Act, 1986

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Dog Licensing

Do you have a dog? If so, you need a licence. Buy one at any of An Post - Post Offices countrywide or online at www.licences.ie

How does it work?

Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, which was amended in 1992, all dog owners are required to have a dog licence.

To get your Dog Licence all you need to do is drop into your local Post Office where you can buy it over the counter or visit licences.ie.

What type of licence do you need?

  • Individual dog licence – covers one dog for a period of 12 months


  • General dog licence – for owners of kennels for a period of 12 months


  • Lifetime of the dog licence – for the lifetime of the dog for which the licence is issued

Most people will need the individual licence. You have to be over 16 years of age to hold a dog licence.

Where do I get a Dog Licence?

  • Individual dog licences at your local An Post - Post Office or online at www.licences.ie

  • Lifetime licences at your local An Post - Post Office or online at www.licences.ie

  • General licences are available from Kildare County Council directly - Tel.: 045 980588

Dogs which do not require a licence

Guide dogs for the blind do not require licensing

  • Dogs which are in the country for less than 30 days do not require licensing.

Some breeds have specific regulations

The breed of dog is not considered important, but some breeds have specific regulations about leashing, muzzling, etc, in public places.

If you are getting a rescue dog from an animal shelter or charity, you will usually need to have the licence in advance.

Licence Type

Licence Fee

  • Individual €20.00

  • General €400.00

  • Lifetime €140.00

What next?

Retain your licence for inspection.

The Council’s Dog Warden Service is based at Portersize, Ballitore - Tel: (059) 8623388

Environment Department, Kildare County  Council - Tel: (045) 980588

Email: customerservices@kildarecoco.ie