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