If you have a problem with dog noise or dog behaviour, you can take the following steps:
- Discuss the problem with your neighbour to try and resolve the matter.
- Report the problem to Council and request our rangers investigate.
- Contact the Community Justice Centre which can help negotiate between parties to avoid costly legal proceedings. They can be contacted on 1800 990 777.
- You may also pursue the matter privately by lodging a complaint with a Chamber Magistrate at your local court on 1300 679 272.
When reporting a problem regarding dogs to Council, you are asked to:
- identify the offending dog
- identify the day and time of the offence
- suggest reasons why the dog became disturbed and inform Council if you're prepared to testify in a court of law.
Single, unsupported complaints of barking will be reported to the owner via mail with a request that they take action to solve the problem.
If we receive two independent complaints within a continuous 14-day period, or four independent complaints within a continuous 90-day period, rangers will commence an investigation.
Contact our Council Rangers
Our Council Rangers are on duty seven days a week from 5.30am to midnight and investigate issues impacting our community.