Control of Horses

Limerick City & County Council enforces the Control of Horses Act, 1996 and the Limerick City and County Council (Control of Horses) Bye-Laws, 2017 in relation to the keeping of horses. The entire administrative area of Limerick city and county is a control area for the purposes of the Control of Horses Act, 1996.

Any person who owns or keeps a horse within the functional area of the Limerick City and County Council must be in possession of a current Horse Licence for each horse that they own or keep. This licence must be renewed annually.
 

Exemptions to the Requirement to Hold a Horse Licence

  • A horse brought into the control area for the purposes of a gymkhana, sale or showing of horses, or any event of an equine nature, for which the Council has given its prior written permission, on the day of the event and from noon the previous day, and until noon following the event, provided such adequate facilities similar to those set out in the Limerick City and County Council (Control of Horses) Bye-Laws, 2017 are in place.
  • A horse that is a thoroughbred registered in Weatherbys Studbook and kept in the Local Government Area of the county of Limerick as existed immediately before the 1st June 2014.
  • A horse owned and kept in the Local Government Area of the county of Limerick as existed before the 1st June 2014.

Please Note: The following persons are exempt from the requirement to hold a horse licence where the horse is owned or kept in the Local Government Area of the county of Limerick as it existed before the 1st June 2014.

  • A farmer
  • A person who is a member of a Hunt Club, affiliated to the Hunting Association of Ireland
  • A person who is a bona fide operator of a horse riding school or equestrian centre on a commercial basis
  • A person who can prove to Limerick City and County Council that they are bona fide in occupation of lands sufficient for the horse or horses in their possession, in line with animal welfare guidelines published by the Farm Welfare Advisory Council, and who have documentary evidence that they are the owner of the land or if renting, evidence of rental agreement for a period of not less than eleven (11) months, signed by the land owner and giving permission for the horse be kept on his/her property.
     

How do I apply for a licence?

Applications for a Horse Licence must be made to:

Control of Horses
Limerick City and County Council
Dooradoyle
Limerick
 

To download an application form click here. All applications must be accompanied by the prescribed fee of €31.74.

For Guidelines for completing an application click here.
A licence will not be granted unless facilities for the proper care and maintenance of the horse are available. The horses must be identifiable by means of an approved microchip implanted in its neck.

Any horse found within the Control Area without the necessary documentation will be seized and detained. Horses are held at a private pound in Cork for five days.
 

Contact Information

Control of Horses
Limerick City and County Council 
Dooradoyle
Limerick

Phone: +353 61 556000

This service is provided by

Veterinary Services Department

Phone +353 61 556000
Location
Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle Road, Dooradoyle, Limerick, V94 WV78