On Dec. 13, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners approved new regulations governing animal licensing, treatment and regulation, including provisions that define, prohibit, and establish penalties for nuisance barking in unincorporated areas of La Plata County.
The nuisance barking provisions took effect on March 1.
The revised code articulates that barking, howling, yelping or whining noises that last for a continuous 20 minutes are a per se nuisance under the code – meaning that 20 or more minutes of continuous barking is a nuisance by definition.
Additionally, such noises lasting for less than 20 minutes also constitute nuisance barking if such noises disturb the peace of a reasonable person.
The code establishes a multi-tiered penalty protocol as follows:
Defenses & Exemptions
There are several defenses and exemptions to the county’s nuisance barking provisions, including:
For any questions about nuisance barking please contact Megan Graham at (970) 382-6265.
To report a suspected violation beginning March 1, please contact Animal Control at (970) 259-2847 or Central Dispatch at (970) 385-2900.
970-382-6200 - 1101 East 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO 81301