What is nuisance barking?

Different people have different tolerance levels for barking. What one person considers a nuisance may not disturb someone else. Council has therefore defined nuisance barking in its Local Laws as:

  • Barking noise that disrupts or inhibits an activity ordinarily carried out on adjoining or nearby residential premises, such as holding a conversation or sleeping.

Under the Local Laws, the keeper of a dog must ensure that the dog does not cause an unreasonable nuisance. Some of the criteria that Council will consider when deciding whether a nuisance is unreasonable include:

  1. The number and location of complaints received
  2. The duration of the noise

Some examples of common complaints received by Council that are not considered an unreasonable noise nuisance are:

  • Territorial barking, for example barking at someone walking past the property
  • Dogs barking at the postie
  • Dogs barking at other dogs being walked

We can only take action once it is established a barking noise is unreasonable.

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Last updated: 16 September 2019