Control of Dogs Act 1986
Exemption from holding a licence.
5.— A licence shall not be required in respect of any dog—
( a) whilst such dog is in the possession of a local authority;
( b) whilst such dog is in the possession of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or any other person with whom a local authority has entered into an arrangement pursuant to section 15 of this Act;
( c) which is kept by the Garda Síochána and wholly used by a member of the Garda Síochána in the execution of his duty;
( d) which is kept and wholly or mainly used for the purpose of guidance by a blind person or a person whose eyesight is so defective that he is unable to find his way about without guidance;
( e) which is under the age of four months and is kept with its dam or foster-mother;
( f) whilst such dog is in the possession of an inspector (within the meaning of the Diseases of Animals Act, 1966), or other officer of the Minister for Agriculture, or a member of the Garda Síochána, for the purposes of that Act;
( g) which is imported into the State for a period not exceeding thirty days;
( h) which is a greyhound and is purchased for export and which is exported from the State within thirty days after the date of purchase;
( i) which is kept by such other class of person as may be prescribed by the Minister.
Power pursuant to section exercised (1.06.2013) by Control of Dogs (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 156 of 2013), in effect as per reg. 2.
Power pursuant to section exercised (1.02.1999) by Control of Dogs Regulations 1998 (S.I. No. 442 of 1998), in effect as per reg. 2.