Dog Licences/Legal Requirements

Dog Licences/Renewals
Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 and amended by the Control of Dogs Act 1992, a dog owner is required to purchase a dog licence for each dog in his/her possession. A dog licence needs to be renewed annually. You have to be over 16 years to purchase a dog licence.
To purchase or renew a Dog Licence with Kerry County Council please click on the link below. If you are renewing your Dog Licence please ensure you have the Registration Number and Pin that was issued to you in your reminder notice. Click here to purchase or renew your licence.

Buy a Licence

Licence Charges
• Individual Dog Licence is €20.
• General Dog Licences for kennels is €400 per annum.
• A lifetime dog licence can be purchased for €140.

Dog Identification
It is a legal requirement that all dogs must at all times wear a collar with the name and the address of the owner inscribed on it or on a tag. Failure to have identification on a dog can result in an on-the-spot fine issued by a dog warden.

Dog Waste
Under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997, it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul a public place. As the owner or person in charge of the dog you are required under this law to remove dog faeces and dispose of it in a suitable, sanitary manner. Failure to clean up after your dog can lead to “on the spot” fines and/or prosecution. If you wish to report dog fouling as a problem in your area, phone 066 716 2000 or email .

Restricted Breeds
Under the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998, the following breeds have been identified as being potentially dangerous , therefore, at all times in public places these breeds must be securely muzzled, on a sufficiently strong chain/leash not exceeding 2m in length and in the control of a person over 16 years who is capable of controlling the dog.

• American Pit Bull Terrier
• English Bull Terrier
• Staffordshire Bull Terrier
• Bull Mastiff
• Doberman Pinscher
• German Shepherd (Alsatian)
• Rhodesian Ridgeback
• Rottweiler
• Japanese Akita
• Japanese Tosa

to every dog of the type commonly known as a Ban Dog (or Bandog), and to every other strain or cross of every breed or type of dog described in this article

Exemptions from Holding a Licence
• Guide dogs for the blind do not require licensing
• if the dog is under the age of four months and is kept with its dam or foster-mother
• see Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 for more information

Contact Us

Kerry County Council Dog Pound
Matt Talbot Road,
Tralee, Co. Kerry.
T: 066 – 7183700
Monday – Friday 10-1.00 p.m. and 2-5.00 p.m.

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