Neighbours’ dogs’ incessant barking making your life miserable and keeping you up at night?

//Neighbours’ dogs’ incessant barking making your life miserable and keeping you up at night?
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What our law says:

Certain Noise Control Regulations under the Environment Conservation Act No. 73 of 1989 provide that no person shall allow an animal owned and/or controlled by him or her to cause a noise nuisance.

A noise nuisance is a noise that disturbs or impairs the convenience or peace of a person.

Your legal course of action when confronting the animal’s stubborn owner who refuses to take care of the issue:

  • Reporting the noise nuisance to the Local Authority for the Noise Control Unit to investigate;
  • Penalties are applicable for owners who violate noise by-laws as set out in section 9 of the Noise Control Regulations;
  • If the barking was declared to be a nuisance, continued failure by the owner to control the barking may result in a fine of up to R20 000.00; or
  • Apply for an interdict against the owner to prevent the dog from being a further nuisance.

You do not have to sacrifice your emotional well-being and peace because of a neglectful dog owner, we can help you restore the peace.

*Please note that the above is a brief summary, contact us for more information so that we may advise you in accordance with your situation.