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This page gives information on the following:

Purchase / Renew Dog Licence

  • Licences
  • Keeping your pet under control
  • Worrying Sheep
  • Stray or wandering dogs
  • Re-home a dog
  • Lost Dogs
  • Spaying / Neutering
  • Micro-chipping
  • Fouling
  • Muzzling / Restricted Breeds
  • Barking
  • Bye-Laws
  • Guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments


Every dog has to have a licence which must be renewed each year.  Licences cost €20 and can be purchased online or from your local Post Office.  If your dog does not have a licence the Dog Warden can issue a fine of €100 and if the fine remains unpaid the Council will take you to Court.

Purchase / Renew Dog Licence

Dog Fines

Dog Fines of €100 can be issued for the following:

  • failure to produce a current licence
  • no collar and ID
  • restricted breeds - no muzzle
  • restricted breeds - no lead
  • Greyhounds - no lead
  • failure to keep your dog under effectual control

Keeping Your Pet Under Control

Dogs must be kept under control at all times.  All dogs must be accompanied and, either kept on a lead or trained to heel, remain next to the person walking the dog at all times.  If your dog is not kept under effectual control or is out alone, the Dog Warden can issue you a fine of €100.

Worrying of Sheep

Owners of dogs that have worried sheep will be obliged to pay compensation once they are traced.  Dog owners should also remember that farmers are legally permitted to shoot dogs straying onto their land.

Report Stray or Wandering Dogs

The Dog Warden will collect stray dogs and bring them to Ashton Dog Pound, Castleknock (01 8383236) where they will be kept for 5 days.  If the owner has not been found, the Pound will endeavor to re-home the dog.

Re-home a Dog

If you are interested in re-homing a dog you can contact the Pound directly at 01 8383236 or by email at ashtondogpound@eircom.net. Not enough animals are re-homed and we need your help to ensure healthy animals are given to new homes.

Find a Lost Dog

If you have lost your dog, you can contact the Control of Dogs Section or Ashton Pound to enquire if we have collected your dog.

Spaying / Neutering

Every year in Ireland around 30,000 unwanted puppies have to be put to sleep.  Spaying and neutering are the surgical procedures used to stop dogs from having puppies.  These procedures also reduce the risk of your pet contracting life threatening diseases.  Your local Vet can perform the procedure and your dog will be fully healed within 2 weeks.


Micro-chipping is a simple way to make sure your dog can be identified if it is separated from you. Your dog must also always wear a collar and an ID tag with the name and address of its owner.

From 31st March, 2016 all dogs (including pups) much be chipped, registered and certified.

  1. From 1st September, 2015 all pups must be micro-chipped by the time they reach the age of 12 weeks or before they leave the property on which they were born.  The mico-chipping must be registered on a Government approved database which can be found at http://www.agriculture.gov.ie and the breeder or owner must have a certificate from the database with the pups and the owners details on it.
  2. From 1st September, 2015 it will be illegal to sell, supply, buy or take ownership of a pup that does not have a certificate of microchip registration from an approved Database.  This law applies to all dogs from 31st March, 2016.
  3. Any dog micro-chipped prior to the commencement of these regulations DOES NOT need to be re-chipped.  The owner must however ensure that their details are stored on an approved Database, that they are correct and the Database will then supply them with a certificate confirming this.

Dog Fouling

It is against the law not to clean up after your dog.  The fine for this offence is €150.  The Council no longer provide Pooper Scoopers to the public, however, "nappy sacks" are available from many shops for a very low price and are ideal for cleaning up after your dog.

Muzzling / Restricted Breeds

The following types of dogs MUST be muzzled at all times when out in public:

  • American Pitt Bull Terrier
  • Ban Dog
  • Bull Mastiff
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • English Bull Terrier
  • German Shepherd / Alsatian
  • Japanese Akita
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Any crossbreed of the above

These dogs must also be led by a person over the age of 16 and kept on a strong chain or lead not longer than 2 metres.  A fine of €100 applies

Dog Barking

If a dog in your area is causing a nuisance by barking, you have the right to petition to the District Court for an injunction to prevent the dog barking.  If you wish to do so, download the Dog Barking Complaint form.

Bye Laws

Under the Parks Bye Laws, it is an offence for a dog to be off the lead in parks in the County with the exception of Killiney Hill Park and the specific off leash areas in Marlay, Shanganagh and Cabinteely Parks.

Please note that restricted breeds are prohibited from being off leash at any of these locations.

Under the Beach Bye Laws 2012 the following restrictions in relation to dogs apply:

Seapoint Beach

Bathing Area - NO dogs allowed all year round

Sandycove Beach

Bathing Area - NO dogs allowed all year round

Outside Bathing Area - 10.00 am to 7.00 pm - dogs must be on a leash all year round

Killiney Beach

Bathing Area - NO dogs allowed from 1st June to 15th September from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm

At all other times in the bathing area dogs are required to be on a leash. 

The above restrictions do not apply to guide dogs for the blind

The full text of the Beach Bye Laws, which came into effect on 1st January, 2013 can be view under related documents

Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines

The Department of Environment, Community & Local Government has issued guidelines for Dog Breeding Establishments (including boarding kennels) under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010.  These guidelines can be found at www.agriculture.gov.ie