When does my neighbor’s dog bark enough to violate the law in the Redondo Beach Municipal Code?
Municipal Code 4-24.502 prohibits excessive barking.
Your neighbor’s barking dog constitutes a violation of the law when:
The dog barks more than five minutes in any hour.
The dog’s barking is audible at the complainant’s property line.
No person shall keep or maintain, or permit the keeping of, upon any premises owned, occupied, or controlled by such person, any animal or fowl otherwise permitted to be kept which, by any sound or outcry, shall result in noise levels at the complainants property line which are audible for more than five (5) minutes in any hour.
What do you recommend as the first step between neighbors when a dog is barking excessively?
Talk with your neighbor and tell them that there is a problem with their dog barking.
Your neighbor may not know that their dog is barking, especially if it occurs while they are away from home.
The owner may feel that a barking dog, music or other noises are acceptable during daytime hours because “normal” people’s activities are not disturbed or are done outside the home (such as sleeping, studying, working, watching television, reading, etc.)
The dog owner may not be sensitive to the noise caused by their dog and thinks that others feel the same. Everyone has different sensitivity levels to different types of sounds.
Try to communicate with your neighbor first, before using criminal prosecution as a solution.
The City may be able to assist you with participating in cost-free mediation services if you find it difficult to approach them personally.
If communication does not work, then prosecution may be your only recourse.
This can cause long term neighborhood discord.
How may I complain about my neighbor's barking dog if I want to pursue criminal prosecution?
If the dog is currently barking and in violation of 4-24.502:
Call the police department Communications Unit at (310) 379-2477 to request the response of an Animal Services Officer or a Police Officer.
An officer will respond to witness the violation, write a report, or provide you with a report form.
You cannot report this anonymously; the officer cannot be a victim of this infraction crime.
If the barking dog is an ongoing problem but not barking continuously in excess of five minutes per hour, you may:
Contact the Communications Unit at (310) 379-2477 to request the response of an Animal Services Officer or a Police Officer to discuss the problem with an officer and/or file a Barking Dog Report. The officer may take the report and submit it, or may leave a report with you to submit later depending on the circumstances.
Contact the Animal Services office at (310) 318-0611 during normal business hours to discuss the issue and obtain a Barking Dog Report by mail.
Download a Barking Dog Report here and submit it by mail to the Animal Services Unit, P.O. Box 270, Redondo Beach CA 90277
Animal Services office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for your convenience.
City Hall and the Animal Services office are closed on alternate Fridays.