Offaly County Council wishes to advise that the following Public Offices will re- open public counters on Thursday 5th August 2021 from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Monday to Friday:

Áras an Chontae, Charleville Road, Tullamore

Tullamore Tullamore Municipal District Offices

The Public Offices listed below will open as follows:

** Edenderry Municipal District Offices (Monday-Wednesday each week from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm only)

** Birr Municipal District Offices (Tuesday-Thursday each week from 9.30 am to 1pm only)

At Áras an Chontae, Tullamore, counter services for Planning, Roads, the Local Enterprise Office, Community & Culture, Corporate Services, Water Services and Environment will be available by APPOINTMENT MADE IN ADVANCE only.

Where possible the public should continue to access our services by phone, email, online or by appointment. Please read for latest information and measures in place.

Barking Dogs

Barking Dogs

If you are affected by a neighbour’s dog barking, it is recommended that you speak to that neighbour about same. If you don't get a satisfactory response from the dog owner, you must make a complaint through the District Court. Section 25 of The Control of Dogs Act 1986 deals with nuisance by barking dogs.

If you decided to pursue, it is advisable to have video footage and a record of dates and times of the disturbances. You also must inform the dog owner of your complaint by using the prescribed form. This form is available from the District Court Office, the Environment Section in Offaly County Council, or below.

Notice of intention to make a complaint to the District Court.pdf (size 29.8 KB)

Section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act States:

1. Where, on a complaint being made to the District Court by any person, it appears that a nuisance has been created as a result of excessive barking by a dog, the court may -

  • order the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept to abate the nuisance by exercising due control over the dog

  • make an order limiting for such period as may be specified in the order the number of dogs to be kept by the respondent on his premises

  • direct that the dog be delivered to a dog warden to be dealt with by him in accordance with the provisions of this Act as if the dog were an unwanted dog.

2. Before any person makes a complaint to the District Court in relation to a nuisance caused by the excessive barking of a dog, he shall serve notice in the prescribed form, within such time as may be specified in the notice, of his intention to make such a complaint on the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept.