Barking Dogs

The Control of Dogs Act 1986 covers cases where barking dogs are causing a nuisance.

If you are affected by a neighbour's dog barking, you must make a complaint to the District Court rather than Cork City Council. A copy of the complaint form can be found below - this must be completed when making a complaint, a copy of which must be delivered to the dog owner.

Section 25 of the Act states:

1. Where, on a complaint being made to the District Court by any person, it appears that a nuisance has been created as a result of excessive barking by a dog, the court may—

  • order the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept to abate the nuisance by exercising due control over the dog
  • make an order limiting for such period as may be specified in the order the number of dogs to be kept by the respondent on his premises
  • direct that the dog be delivered to a dog warden to be dealt with by him in accordance with the provisions of this Act as if the dog were an unwanted dog.

2. Before any person makes a complaint to the District Court in relation to a nuisance caused by the excessive barking of a dog, he shall serve notice in the prescribed form, within such time as may be specified in the notice, of his intention to make such a complaint on the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept.

Section 32 of the Act states:

Where a notice is required or authorised by this Act to be given to a person, the notice shall be addressed to that person and shall be given to him in one of the following ways:

  • by delivering it to him
  • by leaving it at the address at which he ordinarily resides
  • by sending it by post in a prepaid registered letter addressed to him at the address at which he ordinarily resides