New ordinance allows neighbors to report barking dogs, messy yards

Published: Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:54 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 26, 2011 at 2:35 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County residents may want to keep their barking dog quiet and their yard clean after a livability ordinance was passed that will allow people to report neighbors to police if they deem them a nuisance.

One Charleston County council member said that the county had over 1,000 complaints in the past years ranging from barking dogs to over-grown grass.

The ordinance focuses mainly on excessive noise caused by animals, vehicles or neighbors themselves. The ordinance is in place to ensure peaceful enjoyment of private property.

This only applies to people who live in neighborhoods, not those who live in rural areas.

If you believe your neighbor isn't respecting your property or livability, you can report it to the Charleston County sheriff's office or bring a private action to the magistrate judge.

"Now we've got a situation that really ensures that we're all good neighbors," said council member Colleen Condon. "That we have basic livability rights that we can ensure our neighbors rights don't infringe on ours."

If you are found in violation of the livability ordinance, a deputy can write you a citation or a neighbor can take civil action against you in court.

The City of Charleston has a similar ordinance. The fine could be up to $500 dollars or 30 days in jail and in some cases both.

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