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Dog control service and licences

Dog licences

If you have a dog over 4 months old, you are legally required to have a licence for the dog.

Type of dog licences

  • Standard Individual dog licence
  • General dog licence for multiple dogs (e.g. kennels)
  • Lifetime Dog licence

You can purchase a standard individual dog from:

All other licences can be purchases for the: Environment Section, Clare County Council, Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis, Co. Clare

Dog licences cost

  • Standard Individual Dog Licence €20
  • General dog licences for multiple dogs (e.g. kennels) €40
  • Lifetime Dog licence €140

Reminder notices

The Clare County Council Environment Section maintains a database of dog licenses issued in the county. We issue dog licence reminder notices based on information in the database.

Ennis Dog Shelter

The Ennis Dog Shelter is located at:

Gort Road Industrial Estate,
Gort Road,
Ennis,
Co. Clare

Telephone: (065) 6820393

Facebook: Ennis Dog Shelter

Find a dog for rehoming

The Ennis Dog Shelter posts information about dogs that need homes as well as notices about lost dogs on its Facebook page.

Excessive dog barking

Excessive dog barking that causes a nuisance is an offence. If you are affected by excessive dog barking you may be able to solve such problems by talking to the dog owner.

If you don't get a satisfactory response, you may complain to the District Court and seek a hearing. When you have received a court date, you must inform the dog owner of your complaint by using the form prescribed for this purpose under Section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986

The Court may make an order requiring the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept to abate the nuisance by exercising due control over a dog. The court may limit the number of dogs that can be kept on a premises or may direct that a dog be delivered to a dog warden to be dealt with as unwanted.

Monitoring

Clare County Council monitors the dog control service in the county, which is implemented in conjunction with the Midland Animal Care Ltd., Co. Offaly. There is one dog warden working full-time in County Clare and he is employed by the Midland Animal Care Ltd., Co. Offaly. The dog warden is helped by a part-time kennel assistant.

Dog control statistics

Should you have any queries in relation to the control of dogs or dog licences please contact:

Environment Section,
Clare County Council,
Áras Contae an Chláir,
New Road,
Ennis,
Co. Clare
Telephone: (065) 6821616

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 18/10/17