Barking dogs can be a nuisance, and in certain circumstances it is against the law. Minneapolis City Ordinance 64.90, Dogs Disturbing the Peace, states:
It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, have in possession, or harbor any dog which by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking, or otherwise, produce noise that unreasonably disturbs the peace, quiet, or repose of a person or persons of ordinary sensibility, provided that the provisions of this section shall not apply to duly authorized hospitals or clinics conducted for the treatment of small animals.
The following behavior is a violation of this ordinance:
- A dog barking continuously for more than 20 minutes.
- A dog barking continuously for more than 10 minutes on 3 separate occasions in the period of 14 days.
- A dog barking continuously for more than 5 minutes (between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.) on 3 separate occasions in the period of 14 days.
- Other incidents of barking behavior that appear to meet the ordinance language will need to be reviewed by city staff on whether the behavior is in violation of the ordinance.
Important: The barking cannot be provoked.
Report a Dog Barking Violation
Report a Dog Barking Violation
Please call 311 to report the problem. MACC will respond to barking complaints only during the following hours:
- Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To Make the Complaint
Be aware of the following information before you make a complaint:
- You must be willing to give your name and address.
- A documented complainant cannot be a city employee (as required by case law).
- The complainant's information is not public and can only be released via a court order.
- You will need to provide the exact address of the barking dog,
- You will also need to provide the date, time, and the location of the dog barking.
MACC’s Response to the Complaint
|1st Complaint||A form letter is sent out to the dog owner's property indicating that MACC has received a complaint of a dog's barking in violation of Minneapolis City Ordinance. The letter indicates the ordinance requirements, what they can do, and the consequences for a violation of the barking ordinance. The owner is given 7 days to address the issue before any additional action by MACC is taken. |
|2nd Complaint||A second form letter is sent out to the dog owner's property indicating that MACC has received a second complaint of a dog's barking in violation of Minneapolis City Ordinance. The letter repeats the ordinance requirements, what they can do, and the consequences for a violation of the barking ordinance. The owner is given 7 days to address the issue before any additional action by MACC is taken. |
|3rd Complaint||An officer is dispatched to the address to record any barking. The officer will park in such a manner so as not to incite the dog and records for 10 minutes. If the officer determines that the dog is disturbing the peace as described in ordinance 64.90 (producing noise that unreasonably disturbs the peace of a person of ordinary sensibility) a $200 civil citation is issued. |
|4th to 7th Complaints||Same procedure as 3rd complaint, except the citation may be doubled for each subsequent violation up to $2,000. |
If MACC is unable to document any violation of Ordinance 64.90 Dogs Disturbing the Peace, the complainant will be referred to a petition process with the City Attorney's Office.
Last updated Feb 3, 2016