Comprehensive Guide to Legislation

The following pieces of legislation are just some of the acts and regulations horse and donkey owners must abide by.  There are also local council bye-laws that apply to horse owners.  Please contact your local county/city council for this information.

Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013

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The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 consolidates and amends earlier legislation relating to the health, welfare, protection and identification of animals.

Control of Horses Act 1996

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An Act to provide for the control of horses and to make provision for the licensing of horses in urban and other areas where horses cause a danger to persons or property or nuisance and to amend certain other enactments relating to animals and to provide for related matters.

Control of places where horses are kept regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 113 of 2014)

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These Regulations provide for the registration of land and premises where equidae are kept and maintenance of records regarding such places.

Equidae (Transfer of Ownership) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 601 of 2014)

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These regulations provide for new horse owners to register the change of ownership with the Passport Issuing bodies.

European Union (Identification of Equidae) regulation 2016 (S.I. 62 of 2016) (as amended)

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These regulations transpose Commission Implementing Regulation 262/2016 as regards the identification of equidae, into national legislation.

Dublin City Council Bye-Laws

Control of Horses Bye-Laws

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Control of Horse Drawn Carriages

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Smithfield Horse Fair Control Bye-Laws 2013
Smithfield Horse Fair Casual Trading Licence Fee Bye-Laws 2013

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Made under Section 6 of the Casual Trading Act 1995 and Section 199 of the Local Government Act 2001 and 
came into effect on 15th February 2013

The purpose of the new bye-laws is to ensure the orderly running and management of the horse fair at Smithfield, the safety of all persons attending and the welfare of animals.