Dog Licences

 Do you have a dog? If so, you need a licence.

Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986 all dog owners are required to have a dog licence for all dogs over 4 months old.

A dog licence is valid for 12 months and you must be over 16 years of age to hold a dog licence. It is an offence to have a dog without a licence and a fine of €100 applies.

Dog licenses may be purchased from your local An Post office. All you need to do is drop into your local Post Office and buy your dog licence over the counter.

You can also purchase your license online at


Dog License Options

 1.      A standard Dog Licence costs €20.00 per year – available from your local Post Office or online.

2.      A Lifetime Dog Licence costs €140.00. A Lifetime licence is a once off payment which will cover your dog for its entire life (there is no annual renewal; no reminders, just one fee and you are covered).

3.      A General Dog Licence for 20 or more dogs costs €400.00 per year.

Both the Lifetime Dog Licence and General Dog Licence can only be purchased through the offices of Offaly County Council, Aras an Chontae, Tullamore, County Offaly.

4.      Dog Breeding Establishments. If you have 6 or more breeding bitches you will need to register under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010.

The Dog Breeding Establishments regulations may cover dogs even when they are not used for, or never will be used for breeding purposes. Offaly County Council will clarify if you are covered by the regulations.

Anyone who is covered by the regulations must register with Offaly County Council and ensure that their premises conform to the guidelines issued as part of the regulations. Contact Environment Section for further information.

Failure to register withOffaly County Council is an offence

under the Regulations

For details of the Register of Dog Breeding Establishments please click here.

For more information, contact:

Environment Section, Offaly County Council, Tel. 05793 57403 or visit