Nuisance Animal Noise (Barking Dogs)

Nuisance Animal Noise (barking dogs, crowing roosters, squawking parrots, etc.) can be annoying or even disrupting. County Code prohibits habitual, annoying animal noise from residential properties. You can report nuisance animal noise to Animal Control.

However, before you report a complaint, consider discussing your concerns with your neighbor. Sometimes that can be the quickest way to resolve a problem. It is possible that they were unaware of the problem.

To report any nuisance animal noise that is habitual and is at a standard that is considered for most people to be an annoyance and causing discomfort, you may contact San Bernardino County Animal Care & Control at (800) 472-5609.

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If a complaint is received the following steps will be taken by Animal Care and Control Officers.

Steps To Be Taken:

  1. The owner of the offending animal(s) will immediately be notified in person and/or in writing about the complaint (your name will not be given).
  2. A formal complaint form will be mailed to you (the complainant) to complete. You may do this at once or if the verbal/written notification does not remedy the problem.
  3. Allow 2 weeks for the notification of complaint letter to take effect.
  4. After the 2 week notification (above)
    • and upon receipt of 2 or more complaint forms from two different residences
    • and after an additional complaint (from one of the complainants)

    an Animal Control Officer will issue a Notice of Violation ordering the owner to mitigate the nuisance noise. The animal owner has 14 days to resolve the problem.

  5. If the nuisance noise goes unabated after the notice of violation has expired, the complainants may lodge another complaint. The Animal Control Officer can then issue a third party citation to the owner to appear in court. The person filing the complaint must sign the citation AND appear in court along with the officer to testify. A judge will decide the merits of the case and may impose a fine or other action.