Minister Kyne welcomes new online facility for the purchase of dog licences

Published 2 August 2018

The Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development, Mr Seán Kyne T.D., today (2 August 2018) welcomed the ‘Go Live’ of a new online facility for the purchase of dog licences, a joint initiative of Local Authorities and An Post.

It is a legal requirement that all dog owners have a dog licence and Minister Kyne said: “We want to make sure that all dog owners are aware that they need to have licences for their dogs and we are trying to make buying these licences easier and more efficient.”

One-year individual dog licences costing €20 are still available at Post Offices and Local Authority offices, but are also now available through the new online facility at www.licences.ie.  Dog owners can also now buy a “Lifetime of Dog” licence costing €140, valid for the dog’s lifetime, using the new online facility or at their local post office or at their Local Authority office.  This licence is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Minister Kyne congratulated the County and City Management Association, the Local Authorities, An Post and all involved in the development of the online facility.

He said: ‘‘this initiative demonstrates the commitment of Local Authorities to driving efficiencies and modernising to meet the needs of citizens.  I would also particularly like to commend Louth County Council Veterinary Service, as the nominated Local Authority, who worked with An Post in the development, delivery and implementation of this project.  I congratulate all involved.’’

The facility is part of a new National Dog Register Database which is currently being rolled out across the country by Local Authorities.  This will reduce the administrative work required when processing applications and payments for dog licences, providing a better service for dog owners.  It will also give increased availability of information to allow Local Authorities, both management and wardens, to fulfil their duties.

Notes to Editor:

  • Seán Kyne T.D. is the Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development with special responsibility for Dog Control.
  • Responsibility for the Control of Dogs Acts rests with his Department. Under that Act it is an offence for a dog owner to not have a licence.
  • The online facility is part of a new National Dog Register Database that is being put in place by Local Authorities. The database has been approved and sanctioned by the County and City Management Association (CCMA).
  • A general dog licence is also available from Local Authorities and allows a person to keep an unspecified number of dogs at one designated premises and costs €400.