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Sample nuisance order

This is a sample nuisance order. 

Case study – Jenny and Frank  

Frank, has two Ger
man Shepherd dogs. They are well behaved and quiet when he is home.

Jenny
 moves in next door with her family including a young baby. After a month, she tells Frank that his dogs bark persistently when he is away at work during the day. She says her baby has trouble sleeping because of all the noise. Frank replies that there is no problem. 

Jenny says she is going to take her complaint further. Frank is worried about what will happen next.

Mr Frank Melman

4 Big Street

SUBURB NSW 2000

19 December 20xx

Dear Mr Melman

NUISANCE DOG ORDER

Section 32A Companion Animals Act 1998 (the Act)

This document contains important information about your obligations under the Act. Please read it carefully. Contact the council officer on the number below as soon as possible if you are unsure of your obligations or need further information.

​It has come to Council's attention that you are the owner of a dog:

Name:               Boris
Microchip No:    000 000 000
Description:      German Shepard / male
Kept at:             4 Big Street Suburb 2000

Council is satisfied that the dog is a Nuisance Dog in accordance with the provisions of section 32B of the Act.

​This Nuisance Dog Order requires that you prevent your dog from behaving in the following manner:

making a noise, by barking or otherwise, that persistently   occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of persons in other premises.

This order has been issued because it is alleged that the dog has:

persistently barking between 8 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday during the months of October and November 20xx such that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort and convenience of your neighbours.


What are the requirements of this order?

  1. You must ensure that the dog is microchipped and registered within 7 days of receiving this order.
  2. This order remains in force for 6 months from 19 December 20xx.
  3. As the owner of the dog, you must comply with this order from 19 December 20xx and continue to comply with it while it is in force.

What happens if you do not comply with these requirements?

There is a maximum penalty for failing to comply with this order of $550 for the first offence or $1,100 for the second or any subsequent offences.

The order is final and is not subject to any appeal or review.

If you need any further information about this order, please contact the officer listed below.

Dated: 19 December 20xx