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Dog Licence

If you have a dog over 4 months old, you must have a licence for it and the person to whom the licence is issued must be over 16 years of age, if the dog is under 4 months old it must be with the dam.

From the 02nd July 2018 annual (€20 fee) and lifetime (€140) Dog Licences can either be purchased online https://www.licences.ie/ILAS or from any Post Office. Annual and lifetime licences cannot be purchased at South Dublin County Council offices from the 02 July 2018.  Free internet access is available at all South Dublin County Council libraries.

For a General Dog Licence, entitling you to keep an unspecified number of dogs (€400 per year), can be purchased directly from the Council.  Application form available online

If you do not have a licence for your dog, you are liable to a €100 “on-the-spot” fine. Failure to pay this fine can lead to a prosecution with a maximum fine of €1,269.74 and/or up to 3 months imprisonment if convicted

New Regulations entitled the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Regulations, 2013 came into force on 1 June 2013.

The main changes are:

  • to increase the fine for not having a dog licence and other offences to €100;
  • to allow fixed penalty notices to be issued for non-muzzling, non-leashing, "under 16 year old in charge of a dog" that should be muzzled, leashed or be led by an over 16 year old.

Responsible Dog ownership

Find out how to be a better dog owner here

Do you keep 6 or more female dogs?

The Dog Breeding Establishment Act applies if you keep 6 or more female dogs which are more than 6 months old and are capable of breeding.

Anyone who is covered by the new regulations will need to register with their local authority and ensure that their premises conform to the guidelines issued as part of the regulations. Failure to register with your local authority is an offence under the regulations. The regulations may cover dogs even when they are not used for, or never will be used for breeding purposes
Download an Application to register a Dog Breeding Establishment (in accordance with Section 9 of the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010) Click here

Dog Wardens Service

The Dog Warden service looks after stray and unwanted dogs and enforcement in relation to the Control of Dogs Acts. These are the Control of Dogs Act, 1986, and the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act, 1992. All surrendered and stray dogs are brought to our Dog Pound in Ashtown. Ph: (01) 8383236.

Contact the Dog wardens at 01-4149000 or info@sdublincoco.ie


a) All dogs must be kept under effectual control when in any public place i.e. street, road, park etc.
b) Certain breeds must always be leashed, muzzled and accompanied by a person over the age of 16 years when in a public place. These include: American Pit Bull Terrier, Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pinscher, English Bull Terrier, German Shepherd, Japanese  Akita, Japanese Tosa, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweiler, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and every other strain or cross of the above mentioned breeds.
c) All dogs must be leashed when in Council owned parks.
d) It is an offence not to have the owner’s identity on a dog collar, tag or badge.


Penalties for breaches of the Control of Dogs Acts, Regulations or Bye Laws range from €100“on the spot fines” which are issued by the Dog Wardens, to maximum fines of €1,269.74 and/or 3 months imprisonment which may be imposed by the District Court.

Barking Dogs:

Complaints in relation to excessive barking should be made to the district court on the appropriate form. For further information, contact the District Court - DUBLIN

Dublin District Court Civil Office, 1st Floor, Áras Uí Dhálaigh, Inns Quay, Dublin 2.

Tel +353 1 888 6443 / 6161 / 6891

Fax +353 1 878 3218.

Dog Fouling:

You must clean up any Dog Litter which has been deposited by your dog in any street, road, path, etc. in the South Dublin area. Failure to do so is an offence under the Litter Pollution Act, 1997 (Maximum fine €3,000). Dog Faeces can be a source of disease. Dog fouling complaints can be made to the Litter Warden for the area. Contact Litter Warden at info@sdublincoco.ie

Unwanted dogs:

Unwanted dogs should be brought to the attention of our Dog Wardens' Section at (01) 4149000 or our Dog Pound where they will be accepted free of charge on production of a valid Dog Licence.


Dogs which are suitable for rehoming are available at a small charge from the Dog Pound. For more information please contact: (01) 8383236

Stray dogs:

Stray dogs may be seized by the Council’s Dog Wardens. They will be brought to the Dog Pound where they will be kept for five days in order for their owners to reclaim them. A “stray dog” is a dog which is in a public place and not accompanied by the owner or some other responsible person

South Dublin County Council’s Dog Pound:

Ashton Dog Pound,
River Road,
Dublin 15.
Ph: (01) 8383236
Fax: (01) 8683726

Public opening hours:

Monday -Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 4.30pm (no appointment necessary)
Saturday & Sunday 10.00am – 12.00pm


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Take the Blanchardstown Exit off M50. Follow signs for Castleknock and City Centre. Continue forward to roundabout with Half Way House Pub. Take a left at that roundabout. Continue forward through Ashtown Village and at the crossroads at River Road take a left and the pound is about 200 yards on the left.

Dublin City Council & Fingal County Council also use Ashton Dog Pound.

Other Useful Numbers:

DSPCA: (01) 4935502

Public Consultation on the Review of Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines

In late 2015, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government agreed to begin a process of review of the current Dog Breeding Establishment (DBE) Guidelines, under the auspices of the County and City Managers Association (CCMA) Dogs Working Group. The work undertaken to date has been to produce a first draft revision.

It is now considered essential to broaden the review of the Guidelines to a more formal public consultation, both for quality assurance and to address the need for openness, and inclusiveness.  Minister Coveney has therefore decided to proceed to a wide-scale formal public consultation process which commences today, 1 December 2016 and will close on 28 February 2017 Section 15 (5) of the DBE Act 2010, allows the Minister to go out to a public consultation.

Link to Public Consultation documents on Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s website here

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