Barking is a dog’s natural means of communication and often signifies its alertness to danger or intruders.

However, a dog that persistently barks to a degree or extent not normally habitual in dogs constitutes a nuisance. Ask your neighbours to let you know if your dog is causing a nuisance when you are not at home.

The cause of nuisance barking may be:

  • lack of training
  • insufficient exercise
  • loneliness
  • inadequate shelter
  • ill health, or
  • deliberate or unintentional provocation by people or other dogs.

To lodge a formal complaint

If you are experiencing problems with nuisance dogs in your area, you can complete the online form (below), or:

If our Rangers consider a dog to be a nuisance, the dog owner may be issued with an infringement notice, abatement notice or court prosecution notice.

Online Form: Terms & Conditions

I hereby request the City of Gosnells to further investigate this complaint on my behalf. Should it be necessary to instigate court proceedings if the barking persists I undertake to:

  1. Give further detailed information to the City as requested by the Authorised Officer;
  2. Appear in Court to give evidence as a witness to the truth and validity of the complaint.

In order for this request to be actioned, the City must be able to verify your contact details; if you are not contactable your request may be cancelled without further notice. You may be contacted within five working days to confirm your complaint.

I hereby request the City of Gosnells to further investigate this complaint. Should it be necessary to commence legal proceedings I undertake to:

  • Provide a written statement to the City;
  • Appear in Court to give evidence on the matter if required.