It is normal and natural for dogs to bark, however when barking happens a lot, or goes on for a long period of time, it can be annoying and upsetting for you. Each case is different and usually for a statutory nuisance to exist, and for us to be able to help, it would need to:
- Unreasonably and substantially interfere with the use or enjoyment of a home or other premises, and/or
- Injure health or be likely to injure health (prejudicial to health).
Before you submit a report
As with most issues, before reporting, we recommend the first thing that you do is to talk to the person(s) responsible, if it is safe to do so. This often resolves the problem quickly and amicably.
Very often it is the case that they don’t realise they are causing a problem and having a quick chat or writing a brief letter can often resolve the problem.
We have a letter template available to download.
If your neighbour is a tenant, we recommend contacting their landlord about the problem before contacting us, e.g. Aspire Housing Trust, as they can often help in ways we can’t.
If making your neighbours aware of the issue does not solve it for you, then you may make a complaint to us.