Barking dog issues are addressed through the local noise ordinances of the incorporated city or town. If you are not sure whether the dog owner’s city falls within an incorporated city or town, check the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office to see which jurisdiction the property is located in. Following are the links to the incorporated cities and towns (click on the city or town to be redirected to their website):
If you have a barking dog issue and the owner of the dog resides in an unincorporated area (the tax bill jurisdiction is Maricopa County), the following process is utilized to assist you:
Call Maricopa County Animal Care & Control (MCACC) at 602-506-7387.
- Please be prepared with the address where the dog(s) live.
- You must provide your full name, address, and telephone number to file a complaint. Anonymous calls are not accepted.
- An MCACC representative will start building a case by creating an activity based upon the information you provide and will send the owner a letter to the dog(s) owner advising excessive barking is a violation of Maricopa County Ordinance P-6.
- A second barking dog issue at the same address within 6 months will result in a second violation letter being sent.
- A third barking dog issue at the same address within 6 months of the initial activity will result in an MCACC Officer and a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy speaking with the dog owner. The Sheriff’s Deputy will assess the situation and determine whether a citation is warranted.
- Subsequent issues within the initial 6 month period will be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office.