Dog Licences/Legal Requirements
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. Click here to purchase or renew your licence.
• Individual Dog Licence is €20.
• General Dog Licences for kennels is €400 per annum.
• A lifetime dog licence can be purchased for €140.
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.
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 [email protected] .
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
• 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