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Because excessive noise can be harmful to the health and welfare of citizens, the City of Fresno prohibits excessive and annoying noise within City limits. The City's Noise Ordinance (Fresno Municipal Code, Section 9-2701(a)) defines noise and regulates it by type, land-use zone, and time of day. Events or actions may be prohibited if they cause a noise disturbance.

Fresno City Municipal Code, Section 9-2701. Keeping of Dogs
     (a) No person shall keep or maintain, or cause or permit to be kept or maintained, upon any premises, any dog which by habitual and continual barking, howling, or whining shall disturb the peace and comfort of any neighborhood or interfere with the reasonable and comfortable enjoyment of life or property by any person.

     (b) No person shall keep or maintain, or cause or permit to be kept or maintained, any dog owned by him or in his possession or under his control which habitually commits a nuisance upon the property of any other person.

     (c) No person shall keep or maintain, or cause to be kept or maintained, any unconfined dog which habitually attacks, or barks at passing pedestrians, vehicles, or other users of the public sidewalks, streets and highways.

     (d) No person shall keep or maintain, or cause to be kept or maintained, any vicious dog in the City of Fresno unless safely secured.

Noise Disturbance Examples

Animal Noise

Animal noise includes but is not limited to: continuously barking dogs, and excessively noisy birds or small animals. For more information, review Animal Noise Frequently Asked Questions.

Animal Noise Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the law related to animal noise? 
  • What are some animal control regulations? 
  • Why do dogs bark so much?



What is the law related to animal noise?

Neighborhood disturbance caused by barking dogs and other animal noise can be a serious problem in Fresno. Fresno Municipal Code Section 9-2701(a) provides that:

“No person shall keep or maintain, or cause or permit to be kept or maintained, upon any premises, any dog which by habitual and continual barking, howling, or whining shall disturb the peace and comfort of any neighborhood or interfere with the reasonable and comfortable enjoyment of life property by any person.”

Why do dogs bark so much?

Dogs bark excessively for numerous reasons such as loneliness, frustration, frequent neighborhood activity, hyperactivity, etc. The following suggestions may be helpful in controlling excessive barking: 

  • Give the dog attention and exercise daily. 
  • If the dog barks because of frequent neighborhood activity, try to remove the dog from the activity. Consider keeping the dog in the house or garage whenever possible or keeping a dog in a location isolated from the source of disturbances. 
  • Dogs frequently bark while left outside alone on the property. If you must leave the dog unattended, keep the dog inside the garage or house whenever possible. 
  • Consult your veterinarian on the possible causes for the barking. 
  • Explore training services listed in the Yellow Pages under "Dog Training".

How do I deal with a barking dog?
 
We encourage neighbors to work with each other to determine the cause of the barking, and find a solution to the problem.
 
Free mediation services are offered by the Better Business Bureau.
 
BBB Mediation Services can be reached at 559-256-6300 or toll free 1-800-675-8118 ex 300. E-mail info@bbbmediation.org or their web site at www.bbbmediation.org