Barking dogs

Dogs bark. It's natural and it’s how they communicate.

Dogs bark for many reasons. Some limited barking is acceptable and normal (e.g. the dog barks to let you know someone is at your front door).

Barking becomes a nuisance when the barking is persistent, continuous or repetitive.

If your dog is barking excessively, it's important to find out why. Dogs may bark from boredom, loneliness, excitement, lack of food or water, or neighbourhood disturbances.

As a guide, dog barking is considered excessive if a dog barks for 6 minutes in an hour between 7.00am and 10.00pm, or for 3 minutes in half an hour between 10.00pm and 7.00am.

For more information and for tips about why dogs bark and how to reduce problem barking, please download:

Reporting nuisance barking

If a dog nearby is barking excessively, we encourage you to speak with the dog's owner first to let them know the problem exists. If you’re not comfortable talking to the dog owner, you could put the Friendly barking dog form for neighbours (PDF 231 KB) in their letterbox. 

If you’re not able to resolve the problem yourself, you can contact us and make a nuisance barking request. When we receive a nuisance barking request, we take the steps below to resolve the problem.

  • We write to the owner of the dog to tell them we have received a nuisance barking request. We include information to help the dog owner fix the barking problem.
  • We write to you to let you know we have received your complaint and to provide you with a dog barking log. Please complete the log and return to us.
  • When we receive the dog barking log, we will review the information and decide when to monitor the nuisance barking.
  • If our monitoring confirms nuisance barking, we will work with the dog’s owner to identify why the dog may be barking and help find a solution. Owners and their dogs will need to undergo training by an accredited trainer at the owners cost.
  • An individual barking management plan will also be put in place.
  • If nuisance barking continues, we may fine the dog owner.

We may not be able to resolve every barking nuisance complaint, as the evidence we collect may not reflect a breach in the law.

To report nuisance barking, please call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at You will need to give us the following information:

  • the address of the property where the dog lives
  • your name, address and phone number
  • dog barking log (a record of when the dog barks)
  • a description of the dog.