How to make a complaint about a dog barking in New Zealand
If you are bothered by a dog barking in your neighbourhood, there are a few things you can do to try and resolve the issue.
The first step is to talk to the dog’s owner. If they are unaware that their dog is barking, they may not be aware of the problem. Let them know politely that the dog is disturbing your peace and see if they are willing to do something about it.
If the owner is not willing to do anything, or if you don’t know who the owner is, you can make a complaint to your local council. Each council has different procedures for dealing with noise complaints, so you will need to check with your local council to see what the process is.
If the council is not willing to do anything, or if the dog barking is still causing you problems, you can make a complaint to the Environmental Protection Authority. The EPA can take enforcement action if the dog barking is considered to be a ‘public nuisance’.
Making a complaint about a dog barking can be frustrating, but hopefully, by following these steps, you will be able to resolve the issue.