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Responsible Dog Ownership

Date: 15-07-2020

Being a dog owner comes with responsibilities.  It involves the lifelong care of your pet and adhering to certain requirements.

How it works:

If you own a dog then you must have a dog licence.

Puppies under four months don’t need a licence unless they are taken away from their mother.

What type of licence do you need?

  • Individual licence       - Costs €20 and is valid for 1 year
  • Lifetime Dog Licence - Costs €140 and is for the life of the dog
  • General Dog licence  - Costs €400 and is valid for 1 year entitling the holder to own or be responsible for 20 or more dogs at one location

You must be over 16 years of age to purchase a dog licence

Where do I get a Dog Licence?

  • Individual - online at or from your local Post Office
  • Lifetime    - online at or from your local Post Office
  • General    - contact the Veterinary Dept, Mayo County Council


There is a legal requirement to have dogs microchipped and registered on an authorised database i.e. Fido, Animark, Irish Kennel Club (IKC) or Micro Dog ID by the time they reach the age of 12 weeks or before, if being rehomed.

From 1 February 2020, an advertisement for the sale or supply of a dog/puppies must  include certain information, including the unique code of the microchip implanted in the dog. You can check if a number is registered on an appoved database on 

Mayo County Council promoting responsible dog ownership

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