Is it against the law to have a barking dog?
Yes, it’s a public offense to own or keep an animal who disturbs the peace. If you’ve received complaints, try keeping your dog inside at night and make sure they have access to shade and clean water during the day. Keep them in an enclosure rather than being tied or chained up, and give them more attention, enrichment and exercise, since dogs often bark when they are bored.
If you live in City of San Diego limits, barking dog complaints are handled by the city’s code enforcement department. An online complaint form is available.
In the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, La Mesa, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach or Vista, contact San Diego Humane Society by filling out a barking dog complaint form. Residents of the unincorporated county can call 858-694-3741. Elsewhere in the county, contact local law enforcement or animal control.
If you are a resident outside of these cities and have a concern with a loud animal, call your local police agency or code compliance department. If you see a loose or vicious animal, or an injured animal on the side of the road, call your local animal control.
To learn about the main reasons dogs bark and how you can prevent barking, click here.
Updated: May 12, 2023
Published: November 1, 2019