There are very few dogs that do not bark and Council does not expect dogs to be silent at all times. However, excessive barking can be disruptive within the neighbourhood. If you need advice regarding barking dogs for yourself or your neighbours, please see our Barking Dogs Flyer (pdf. 634KB).
Under the NSW Companion Animals Act, 1998 a dog is a nuisance if: “The dog makes a noise by barking or otherwise that persistently occurs, or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises”.
If you feel there is a nuisance dog is your area the first step you should take is to speak directly with the dog owner. They may be unaware that their dog is barking and the issue may resolve quickly.
If after speaking with the dog owner the barking does not improve please complete the online form or call 9424 0000. Please provide as much information as possible including, address of the dog, description of the dog, how long it has been happening, when you spoke with the dog owners, when the dog is barking, potential causes of the barking, etc. You might be asked to keep a diary of when the noise occurs to substantiate the complaint.
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