Barking dogs

All dogs bark, but in some cases the barking may become a real neighbourhood nuisance, greatly reducing the quality of life for neighbours and increasing neighbourhood tension.

While the value of enjoying a peaceful neighbourhood is important to everybody, not all barking constitutes a noise nuisance under the Local Laws - even if it annoys you.

Council can only take action regarding nuisance barking if it established that the a barking noise is unreasonable.

The links below provide:

  • A clear definition of nuisance barking
  • Tips for dog owners to address nuisance barking
  • Council's process in dealing with complaints

You can report nuisance barking by phone on 4044 3044, in person at Council's Customer Service Centres or online.

Before you make a complaint

Before you make a formal complaint we encourage you to work with your neighbour.

Many dog owners are unaware their pet is causing a problem because their dog mainly barks when they are away from home. Sometimes all it takes to fix excessive barking is a friendly chat with your neighbour.

When talking to your neighbour it is helpful to provide some details of the problem barking, such as when the barking happens and any factors which may be contributing to the barking, for instance the postman riding passed.

If you are uncomfortable talking to your neighbour, you can download a letter template ( PDF, 0.07 MB ) and pop it in your neighbour's letterbox. You can leave the letter anonymously or include your contact details.

Making a complaint

What happens when you make a formal complaint of nuisance barking to Council. More

What is nuisance barking?

What's annoying to one person may not be to another. Council's Local Law No.2 (Animal Management) therefore clearly defines unreasonable nuisance barking. More

Ideas to help reduce barking

Knowing why your dog barks is the first step to address nuisance barking. Here are some tips based on the cause of your dog's barking. More

Training tips to reduce barking

Training tips from the RSPCA on how to reduce excessive barking. More

Last updated: 20 December 2016