It is unlawful to permit any animal to unreasonably make a disturbance, such as repeated episodes of continuous noise lasting 10 minutes or episodes of intermittent noise lasting 30 minutes, providing someone did not intentionally provoke the animal other than the owner.
Steps for Solving Noise Issues
1. Talk to the owner
2. Send our barking dog materials to the owner
See also: Barking Dog Letter and Advice Guide in Spanish (PDF, 233KB)
If the animal nuisance is related to livestock (chickens, roosters etc), contact Multnomah County Vector Control.
3. Try neighborhood mediation
4. Last resort: File a formal complaint
This form must either
- Be signed by at least two other neighbors (three people total)
- Or, if signed by one person, there must be an accompanying audio or videotape for the date and time of the alleged violation. This audio or videotape must meet the above listed requirements for a violation.
An inability to substantiate a violation with documented date and times will result in no action by Multnomah County Animal Services.
After you have completed the animal nuisance complaint form
- Bring it to us at 1700 W Historic Columbia River Highway in Troutdale.
- Or you may mail it to Multnomah County Animal Services, Attention: Legal Aide Officer, 1700 W Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060.
5.What happens next?
See the Notice of Infraction Process page.