Control of Dogs Kilkenny

Kilkenny County Council is responsible for the Control of Dogs Act 1986, as amended and regulations made thereunder for Kilkenny County Council. We share a dog shelter with Carlow County Council which is located at Garryduff, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny.

Dog Warden Service

The Dog Warden Service is involved in the enforcement of the Control of Dogs legislation including dealing with unwanted, stray and surrendered dogs. The service is also involved in rehoming dogs, investigation of sheep kills, assisting Gardai where necessary, dealing with dogs not under effective control, including restricted breeds, checking of dog licences, witnesses in Court proceedings where necessary.

The public are advised in response to the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19 that the dog warden service is currently operating an emergency service only. If this is an emergency, i.e public safety, livestock worrying or a stray dog is at risk of causing a road traffic accident please contact the dog shelter directly on 059 972 6785 or the Environment Office, Kilkenny County Council 056 779 4470 (Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm). Outside of these hours, please contact your local Garda station who will liaise with our dog warden service.

Dog Licence Application

Do you have a dog? If so, you need a licence - under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, as amended all dog owners are required to have a dog licence. All revenue generated from dog licences goes towards funding the Dog Warden Service and the Dog Shelter in Paulstown.

Types of Dog Licences and Costs

A Single Dog Licence costs €20/year.

A Lifetime of Dog Licence costs €140 for the duration of an individual dogs life.

A General Dog Licence costs €400/year. It is for an unspecified number of dogs but for a specific address.

Single and Lifetime Dog licences may be purchased from or from your local post office. For online purchases you will be asked to set up an account with if you don't already have one, and you will need an email address as part of the registration process. Your licence should issue to you by post within 10 working days.

If you require assistance with your online purchase, please contact An Post by email at phone: 1890 200 090.

The General Dog Licences will be purchased from The Environment Section, Kilkenny County Council.

Responsible Dog Ownership

Having a dog as a pet brings many benefits to the owner - companionship, exercise, protection. You should consider the dog needs as well, however, if considering getting a dog. The dog should suit your family circumstances - Do you have a large garden? Will you have time to walk the dog? Can you afford to feed and care for it? Do you have young children?

If you are considering getting a dog why not give a home to an unwanted dog. The Dog Shelter at Garryduff Paulstown has many unwanted dogs looking for homes. The Dog Shelter staff would be delighted to help you.

Dog fouling is a problem especially in our urban areas. Not only is it an unsightly, foul smelling mess, it can contain parasites, such as worms and pathogens, e.g. salmonella, which contaminate the environment and can cause disease in humans, especially children. If you want to do your part in preventing your children or your neighbour's contracting these diseases you should ensure that you clean up after your dog in public. Always bring a Scoop the Poop or other means of cleaning up, when bringing your dog for a walk.

The following information may prove useful:

Common Diseases passed from Dogs to Humans (including Children)

Sheep Worrying

Control of Dogs Act 1986 (Guard Dogs ) Regulations 1988

Responsible Dog Owner

Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010, as amended

On 1st January, 2012, regulations came into force in Ireland under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act, 2010 (available to view on These regulations apply if you keep six or more female dogs which are more than six months old and are capable of breeding. (Note that the regulations may cover dogs even when they are not used for, or never will be used for breeding purposes).

In accordance with Section 15 of the Act, an establishment which is covered by these regulations is required to register with their local authority and ensure that their premises conform to the guidelines issued as part of the regulations. The Register of Dog Breeding Establishments is available for inspection at the Environment Section, Kilkenny County Council, John Street, Kilkenny, during office hours.

Guidelines on Dog Breeding Establishments 2018.pdf (size 222 KB)

Application Form to Register a Dog Breeding Establishment


Legislation may be viewed on

Related Links:

Opening Hours of Carlow Kilkenny Dog Shelter

Opening hours for the Dog Shelter jointly operated by Kilkenny County Council for Kilkenny and Carlow.

Dog Owner Alert – Lambing Season

Information for dog owners of the need to be alert, particularly during the lambing season, as sheep worrying is a big concern.

Dog Licence application

Dog licences may be purchased online or at your local post office.

Dog Breeding Establishments