Inner West Council

Barking Dogs

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring their dog(s) do not become a nuisance.

Persistent barking can be prevented by training and by ensuring that your animal is healthy, well nourished and exercised.

To report a barking dog problem telephone Council's Rangers on 9716 1800.

Under the Companion Animals Act, persistent barking is regarded as similar to straying or other antisocial behavior. Where a Council Ranger identifies a serious or ongoing problem, a Nuisance Order can be issued.

This Order requires the owner to stop the dog from barking persistently. If the problem continues, Council's Ranger may issue an on-the-spot penalty infringement notice.

The Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW have produced a document which addresses dealing with barking dogs.  Click  here to read the document.