Dog barking can cause a statutory nuisance. If we receive a complaint about dog barking, we send a letter to the owner of the dog advising them we have received a complaint. We also ask the complainant to keep a record of the noise, using diary sheets.
If the noise continues and we believe it could constitute a statutory nuisance we serve an informal notice on the owner of the dog. If this doesn't work, and a nuisance is witnessed we can serve a legal notice under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. If an officer witnesses a contravention of the notice we can prosecute the owners.
If you are suffering because of a neighbour's continuously barking dog, find more on our how to report a noise problem page.
Southwark Council is introducing a Public Space Protection Order to tackle dog-related anti social behaviour, which will be effective from 19 March 2018. You can find out more here.
Page last updated: 19 February 2018