Dog Breeding Establishments Registration

You must apply to the local authority for a licence if you wish to breed dogs as a business.

Anyone who has 6 or more female dogs over six months of age and capable of breeding must register with Carlow County Council under the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010.

In accordance with Section 9 of the Dog Breeding Establishment Act 2010, the operator of a Dog Breeding Establishment must apply to their local authority responsible for the area in which it is situated for registration as a Dog Breeding Establishment (DBE).This includes dog breeders, commercial boarding kennels, hunt clubs etc. Under the Act the Council must publish a register of approved Dog Breeding Establishments.

To register as a dog breeding establishment please complete the below form and submit it to:

Revised Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines

As of 1st January 2019, revised guidelines have been put in place by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD). A copy of the revised Guidelines, colour coded to show the changes made to the previous guidelines, taking into account the responses received through the public consultation process, where appropriate, and also from consultation with industry experts has also been published. See below.