Nuisance Pets

Barking Dogs

Dogs are part of many families and play an essential role in our community. Council engages with the community to promote responsible pet ownership and to provide a healthy environment in which pets, owners, and the wider community can comfortably live.

If you suspect a dog is being mistreated or neglected, contact the RSPCA on 1300 278 358 or visit

For more information on Councils, barking dog process read the Barking Dog Investigation Process Fact Sheet.

If attempts to resolve the matter directly with the neighbour or through mediation have not reduced the nuisance barking, you may lodge a written complaint with us by filling in the Barking Dog Nuisance Complaint Form or the Barking Dog Nuisance Complaint Form Online.

For more information on responsible pet ownership, visit the Department of Local Government and Communities' website:

Talk to the dog owners

If you are being disturbed by a noisy dog, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with the owner of the dog.

  • Dog owners are often unaware that their dog is barking excessively and may not know how to address the issue.
  • Dogs often bark when the owners are out are out. In most cases, owners will want to do the right thing and take steps to fix the problem.
  • Dog owners and neighbours may have different views on how much barking is excessive, resulting in disputes.

How long does it take to resolve

These matters are often complicated and may take time to resolve because:

  • The dog owner may need time to make changes such as dog training or blocking a side gate (to remove the dogs view to the street).
  • Each person has a different view about how much barking is too much before it becomes a noise nuisance.
  • The location of the dog; noise tolerance of the adjoining premises, type, length and time the barking is happening all impact noise levels.
  • Formal action requires gathering evidence and completing barking dog surveys which is time-consuming and difficult.