Most noisy animal complaints are about barking dogs, but they can include other animals such as cockerels.
Barking is difficult for a noise officer to assess because it normally only lasts a short while or is intermittent.
An officer needs to witness the noise for at least 20 minutes continuously and be able to clearly identify which animals are the culprit.
Barking comes naturally to dogs, but the constant barking or whining of a dog can be very annoying. Often this problem occurs when you are out of the house and you do not realise that someone has complained.
In law, a barking dog can be a noise nuisance. You, as the owner, could be taken to court if you do nothing to stop the nuisance.
Why dogs bark
Dogs are not by nature solitary animals, they need the security of a family group. Pet dogs regard their owners as a substitute family and can soon become distressed when left alone for long lengths of time.
Some reasons a dog may bark: loneliness, boredom or frustration, attention seeking, defending territory, medical problems.
Guidance for dog oweners
Report a noise problem
During normal office hours
Telephone 020 8359 7995
Outside of normal office hours
After hours, please call 0208 359 2000 option 2 or 07958 513 459 at the following times:
- Wednesday 8pm to Thursday 1am
- Friday 8pm to Saturday 4am
- Saturday 12pm to Sunday 4am
- Sunday 10am to Monday 3am
Please do not contact the mobile number via text message as we are unable to respond.
If the noise is happening at the time of your call an officer will aim to visit you or at least respond to your call within one hour.