The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Mr Simon Coveney, T.D. has announced a public consultation on a draft review document of the current Dog Breeding Establishment Guidelines.

Why we are launching a public consultation

In late 2015, the then Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government agreed to begin a process of review of the current Dog Breeding Establishment (DBE) Guidelines, under the auspices of the County and City Managers Association Dogs Working Group. The work undertaken to date has been to produce a first draft revision.

It is now considered essential to broaden the review of the Guidelines to a more formal public consultation, both for quality assurance and to address the need for openness, and inclusiveness.

Minister Coveney has therefore decided to proceed to a wide-scale formal public consultative process commencing on 1 December 2016 and closing on 28 February 2017.

Section 15 (5) of the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010 allows the Minister to go out to a public consultation.

How to get involved

Minister Coveney is inviting interested parties to make written submissions or comments, preferably in electronic format, on the draft revised DBE Guidelines by 5.30pm on Tuesday 28 February 2017 to:

  • by post to the Dog Control Unit, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Government Buildings, Ballina, Co. Mayo. F26 E8N6

Submissions should be as succinct as possible and should include the section(s) number(s) to which reference is made.

A copy of the current DBE Guidelines, together with the revised draft guidelines (colour coded with proposed changes for ease of reference), may be accessed at