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Summary

The Environmental Health team investigates complaints involving noise from dogs. In some circumstances, noise from dogs may be classified as a statutory nuisance and can be investigated under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Our Senior Animal Services Officer can also give advice to owners who are concerned about noise created by their own dogs. Our Officer can provide techniques and steps that can be taken to reduce barking.

How to report a barking dog

  1. Contact us by e-mail, telephone or by coming into the Council
  2. Information we will need from you:
    • your full name
    • your full address including your postcode
    • your home telephone number and a number which we can contact you on during normal office hours if this is different
    • your email address (if applicable)
    • the address where the dog resides

How to request help and advice regarding my own dog barking

  1. Contact us by e-mail, telephone or by coming into the Council
  2. Information we will need from you:
    • your full name
    • your full address including your postcode
    • your home telephone number and a number which we can contact you on during normal office hours if this is different
    • your email address (if applicable)

Further information

Dealing with complaints

The Environmental Health Team will always recommend, where possible, that if you are having problems with noise created by a neighbour's dog, you should attempt to discuss the situation with your neighbour. Alternatively, a template barking dog letter is available for you to use and send.

If you have already tried this approach and there has been no improvement, or if you feel unable to approach your neighbour directly, then the Environmental Health team will write to the owner of the dog to advise them of the complaint. To give the Environmental Health Team as much information as possible, a diary sheet will be sent to you to record details of when the dog is barking, for how long and how this is affecting you.

Should the owner of the dog contact us to request help, the Animal Services Officer will make arrangements to visit them and offer advice.

If the dog owner fails to take steps to reduce the noise, further formal action may be taken under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, specifically if a statutory nuisance be established.

Help with your own dog

If you are concerned that your dog is barking too much or if a neighbour has made you aware that there is a problem with your dog barking, the Animal Services Officer is available to visit you at home to discuss behaviour / training advice.

External websites

Environmental Protection Act 1990

Contact

Dog Warden  
Regulatory Services  
Blaby District Council  
Council Offices  
Desford Road  
Narborough  
Leicester  
LE19 2EP

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Telephone:
0116 272 7555
This number is for complaints and advice only.
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Mobile:
07442 535012 / 01509 842327
Out of hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, weekends and Bank Holidays 10am-8pm
These numbers are for stray dog collection only.
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0116 272 7594
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0116 284 9786
Last updated: 13 May 2015

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