Barking is a normal behaviour for dogs. They bark for many reasons - it could be a warning or a sign of excitement, affection, or unhappiness. However, when dogs bark excessively it can become a concern to others.
It's important to note there is a difference between a dog's normal barking and nuisance barking, as outlined in Domestic Animals Act 1994. We must rely on this definition when investigating a complaint:
"A dog is to be regarded as a nuisance if it creates a noise, by barking or otherwise, which 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.”
Before proceeding with an official complaint regarding barking dogs, we encourage you to attempt resolving the matter amicably with the dog's owner, as this approach often leads to quicker resolutions. It's possible that the owner may not be aware of the disturbance their dog is causing to neighbours.
Additionally, you can seek further assistance in resolving this matter, you may consider contacting the Dispute Settlement Centre.
Dispute settlement centre
The Dispute Settlement Centre offers a valuable dispute settlement service that aims to resolve conflicts and disputes between individuals in a peaceful and efficient manner.
This service uses mediation, which avoids the need for costly legal action and provides a private and free solution. Specially trained mediators will assist both parties in finding a workable resolution.
For further information visit the Dispute Settlement Centre website.
If you have attempted to revolve the issue and need further assistance from Council you can lodge a report using the below options: