My neighbor’s dog is barking, what can I do?

When you live in a housing estate or an apartment, peace is not always there. And if there is a sound nuisance that is difficult to bear, it is the incessant barking of your neighbor’s dog. So, what to do about this inconvenience? Answer in this article.

Dog barking: what does the law say?

The law is not the same if the barking occurs during the day or in the middle of the night. In theory, the day you must show tolerance, because a barking dog is normal. However, if the noise is persistent and intense (barking every time you cross the threshold of your door or as soon as the animal is left alone at home) it can be considered a noise nuisance. The barking must be intensive, repetitive or long-lasting.

At night it’s different. Barking is considered nocturnal noise as soon as the owner is aware of the trouble it is causing and no measures are taken to this effect.

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What are the sanctions ?

In the event of criminal penalties, the Public Health Code provides for fine of 68 euros for the barking of a dog during the day (if this is not paid within 45 days, it rises to 180 euros). For a dog that barks at night, it can go up to 450 euros. If the case continues in court, the owner is sentenced to a fine of 450 euros for each of the offenses found.

In terms of civil penalties, the owner of the dog is forced to pay damages and interests to the person disturbed by the barking. Work may sometimes be required, such as soundproofing the accommodation.

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What can I do ?

Talk to the owner

Before going to court, discuss it with your neighbor to find a quick and easy solution. The person may not be aware of his animal’s barking in the middle of the day and measures can thus be taken to limit this inconvenience. Communication is often the key!

Submit a formal notice

If dialogue is not possible, you can write a reminder letter to alert the owner of the animal to the situation. After 15 days, if you still have no response from him, you can put him on notice by sending him a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt. A municipal or police officer or a bailiff can also record the noise nuisance through a report.

Find an amicable solution

Do you want to initiate legal proceedings? Before embarking on this long battle, you must call on a justice conciliator. This completely free process has been mandatory since November 18, 2016. If that’s not enough, you can go to court.

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