Generally there are council by-laws to resolve problems caused by unreasonable noise levels from cars, dogs that bark constantly and lawn mowers, power tools, air conditioners and musical instruments. Contact your local council to find out what the rules are in your area.
What you can do
Dangerous dogs and other pet problems
Many of the laws about pets are made by local councils. For example, councils can decide how many dogs you can keep on your property and whether or not you can keep chooks. Check with your local council about the laws that apply in your area.
If you own a pet you are responsible for its behaviour. This includes:
- any damage that your pet causes, for example, if your pet wanders onto a road and a car swerves to avoid hitting it and hits a fence instead
- if a dog attacks another person or animal – the depends on how serious the attack is and whether the dog has attacked before – the council may seize and destroy the dog.
Dog and cats are not allowed to wander onto another person’s property. Wandering dogs and cats may be seized by the property owner or the council. If the owner does not collect the animal or if the council believes the dog may be dangerous, the dog could be destroyed.
What you can do
If you have a problem with a neighbour’s pet, try talking to the neighbour before making a formal complaint.
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Reviewed 11 March 2022