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Dog control service and licences

Dog licences

If you have a dog over 4 months old, you must have a licence for the dog. This is a legal requirement.

Types of dog licences

  • Standard individual dog licences
  • General dog licences for multiple dogs (e.g. kennels)
  • Lifetime dog licencse

Pay your dog licences online

Buy a dog licence

Cost of dog licences

  • Standard individual dog licences €20
  • General dog licences for multiple dogs (e.g. kennels) €400
  • Lifetime dog licences €140

Clare Dog Shelter

The Clare Dog Shelter is operated by Midland Animal Care Ltd and located at:

Gort Road Industrial Estate,
Gort Road,
Co. Clare

Telephone: (065) 6820393


Facebook: Clare Dog Shelter

Find a dog for rehoming

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

To adopt a dog from Clare Dog Shelter you will need to pay a fee of €65 which includes microchip and licence fee. You are also required to present photo ID (such as passport or driving licence) and proof of address (utility bill from within the previous 3 months).


Clare County Council monitors the dog control service in the county, which is managed and operated by 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 assisted by two part-time kennel assistants based at Clare Dog Shelter.

Dog control statistics

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.

Dog Breeding Establishments

Dog breeding establishments are premises where no less than six bitches more than six months old and capable of being used for breeding purposes are kept.

These establishments are required to apply to be included on the register of dog breeding establishments. An application form to register a dog breeding establishment are available in the supporting documents below.

For full details/exemptions please contact or 065-6846331.

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Environment Department
Clare County Council
Áras Contae an Chláir
New Road
Co. Clare
V95 DXP2
(065) 6846331
Fax: (065) 6846444
Opening hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.