The most common animal noise nuisance complaints received by Council concerns dogs and roosters. Is a barking dog causing you a problem? You might think it is normal for dogs to bark; however, constant barking usually means the dog could be bored, lonely, frustrated or ill.
Barking dogs are a nuisance and are not good for neighbourly relations. To avoid making a report, you can try to solve this issue by discussing the issue with your neighbour.
Consider these points when discussing a barking dog:
The owner may not realise that the barking is causing a nuisance to other people.
The dog may only bark when the owners are not home. The owner may not hear the barking from various areas of the house.
The owner may be a heavy sleeper and not woken by the dog barking.
Make a complaint about barking dogs or crowing roosters
If you need to make a complaint, contact us. Please view the documents below for assistance.
The complaint process:
Complainant to complete a ‘Noise Diary’ detailing the times and duration of the nuisance noise.
Council evaluates the complaint and conducts a neighbourhood survey in relation to the nuisance noise.
If support is received for the complaint, an Abatement Notice is issued to the animal owner requiring action to be taken within 14 days to stop the nuisance.
Letter is sent to the complainant advising of the Abatement Notice.
If the animal is still a nuisance after 14 days, the complainant may need to complete another Noise Diary detailing the times and duration of the noise nuisance.
Council evaluates the further complaint, conducts another neighbourhood survey and also a static observation.
If the animal is still a nuisance, the animal owner can be liable for infringement fines or be issued with a notice to remove the animal.