Has the babysitter state beaten again? The new neighborhood noise legislation that shares a city – and it's bad news if you're a dog owner
- The city of Darwin Council has introduced new rules on animal control
- Any dog that barks for more than three minutes can trigger an investigation
- The debate has started online since the stricter noise levels were announced
Animal owners will be examined if their dog barks for more than three minutes under strict new noise rules.
The limit was set this week by the city of Darwin Council in an effort to stop annoying fangs.
Under the new rules, if a dog barks for more than three minutes in a 30-minute period during the night or six minutes per hour during the day, irritated neighbors can call the municipality to investigate.
Barking: new rules allow animal owners to investigate whether their dog barks in Darwin for more than three minutes (stock image)
Debate has been launched online since the strict noise levels were announced, with some people going to social media to support the change.
& # 39; It's always a tricky area, but hopefully it makes people a little more responsible for their dogs. No one should let their rest break through with a continuous barking dog, & a woman said.
& # 39; Dogs bark all day while the owners are at work … try to be a shift worker who needs to sleep & # 39 ;, another person said.
However, not everyone was satisfied with the rules.
& # 39; Maybe easy income increase? What if they do something to stop the antisocial behavior that causes dogs to bark? & # 39; a woman said.
The limit was set by the City of Darwin Council (Darwin pictured) this week in an attempt to bother nuisance
& # 39; I am happy that my dog & # 39; night barks with all the crimes in my neighborhood, & another person said.
There will be exemptions based on stricter rules, such as distress signals, storms, delivery of mail and peak traffic.
The Council also reduced the number of dogs that a resident could have dropped on their property to just four.
Animal lovers could register a maximum of five dogs at one house and an indefinite number of cats
Complaints procedure for inconvenient barking in Darwin:
When you report a barking complaint, you will be asked to provide information about the nuisance that is being caused.
The Council will provide you with a barking diary and you will be asked to keep a log of the inconvenience of the dog barking in the next seven days.
The owner of the dog will receive a notification stating that he is bothering his dog.
After substantiation of the complaint, the Council Ranger and Animal Education Officer will provide the owner of the dog with self-help information and also offer the owner advice and help to reduce the inconvenience.
During the investigation, our Ranger will contact you to stay informed of the annoying barking. When the nuisance has stopped, the dog owner receives feedback and is encouraged to continue with the action he has taken.
If the complaint about barking nuisance is still not resolved, the dog's owner can receive a notice of infringement or be prosecuted.
Source: Darwin Council city website