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Dog licence

Do you have a dog? If so, you need a licence. Buy one at any of our post offices nationwide or online at 

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. 

Step by step

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?

Dogs which do not require a licence

  • Guide dogs for the blind 
  • Dogs which are in the country for less than 30 days

How much does it cost? 

Dog licence fee table
Licence Type Licence Fee
Individual €20.00
General €400.00
Lifetime €140.00


Special rules for some dogs

The breed of dog is not considered important, but some breeds have specific regulations covering issues such as leashing and muzzling 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.

What next?

You must retain your licence for inspection.