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NOTICE: From Monday 2nd July all dog licences must be purchased from An Post at any post office or on-line here

This page gives information on the following: Licences, keeping your pet under control, worrying sheep, stray or wandering dogs, how to re-home a dog, lost dogs, spaying / neutering, micro-chipping, fouling, muzzling and restricted breeds, barking, bye-laws, guidelines for dog breeding establishments.

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Every dog must have a valid licence.  Annual licences, which must be renewed each year, can be purchased here or from any Post Office.  

Dog Fines

If your dog does not have a licence, the Dog Warden can issue you with a fine of €100.  If you receive a fine and it remains unpaid the Council will take legal action against you.

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

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

Keeping Your Pet Under Control

Dogs must be kept under effectual 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 endeavour to re-home the dog.

Re-home a Dog

If you are interested in re-homing a dog you can contact Ashton Dog Pound directly at 01 8383236 or by email at ashtondogpound@eircom.net. The dog pound will not put down a healthy dog and your help is very much appreciated to ensure that healthy animals which are not re-claimed by their owners are given to new homes.

Lost Dogs

If you have lost your dog, you should contact the Council's Control of Dogs Section at 01-205 4771 or Ashton Dog Pound at 01-838 3236 to enquire if your dog has been reported as found.

If you have found a stray dog, you should contact the Council's Dog Control Section (phone number above).  The Council will arrange for the Dog Warden to collect the dog and take it to the Dog Pound.

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.

The "Microchipping of Dogs Regulations, 2015", requires the following:

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 www.agriculture.gov.ie and the breeder or owner must have a certificate from the database with the pup's and the owners details on it.

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.

Any dog micro-chipped prior to the commencement of these regulations DOES NOT need to be re-chipped.  The owner must however ensure that his/her details are stored on an approved database and that they are correct. 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.  Small plastic sacks are available from many shops for a very low price and are ideal for cleaning up after your dog.  Anyone identified allowing his/her dog to foul in a public place will be issued with a fine of up to €150.  To report incidents of dog fouling, please contact the Dog Control Section (contact details above right).

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.  The procedure in relation to barking dogs is as follows:

  • the complainant contacts the District Court Clerk in Dún Laoghaire District Court on Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire; phone No. 01-2800038.  The Clerk will then give a time and date for the case
  • the complainant then completes the attached Dog Barking Complaints Form (above right) and serves it on the owner of the dog(s) concerned
  • The Justice will hear the case on the appointed date and may take one of three decisions as listed on the notice

It is also advisable to make a note of the days/nights and times that the nuisance is caused.  This may be of benefit if and when the case is heard in Court.

Bye Laws

Under the Parks Bye Laws (see "Related Documents" above right), it is an offence for a dog to be off-leash 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 Council's Beach Bye Laws 2012 (see "Related Documents" above right) 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