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Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010

Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010


The owner/operator of any premises at which six or more female dogs capable of breeding (defined as being more than six months old) are kept is required to apply to the relevant Local Authority for registration of those premises under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010.  The only exception to this requirement is a Local Authority Dog Pound.  Note, the legislation is so drafted that dog charities, dog boarding kennels and even private homes may well come within the definition of ‘dog breeding establishment’ as given in the Act.  It is advisable for every person keeping six or more dog, even for a short time, to study the Act to see if it applies.

To make an application to Cork City Council under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 please complete the application form hereunder and return to the Senior Staff Officer, Recreation & Sport Section, Environment & Recreation Directorate, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork.

Each Local Authorities is obliged to keep a Register of Dog Breeding Establishments within its functional area and make it available for public viewing.  In Cork City the register is available for viewing at the Reception Desk, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork

Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010(94KB) This Act came into force on 1st January 2012. To allow time for applications and inspections the enforcement did not begin until 1st July 2012.

Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 Application Form(114KB)

Dog Breeding Establishments Act Guidelines(228KB) Guidelines for the housing, care and transportation of dogs at premises to which the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 applies.