Benin: you can be penalized if your dog barks beyond the expected decibels

The government is committed to resolutely combating noise pollution. The new decree issued for this purpose indicates new measures that must now be respected at the risk of falling victim to the law. Even the noise produced by some pets must be controlled.

When we talk about noise pollution, eyes are quickly focused on mills, sawmills, places of worship, bars, restaurants and refreshments; but animals like dogs can also produce disturbing noises. That’s why, if your dog barks above the expected decibels (noise level), you can be punished. This is what should be remembered from the intervention of the Minister for the Living Environment and Sustainable Development.

the investigator's guide
the investigator’s guide

The decibels to be respected are defined according to whether it is a commercial area, a residential area or an industrial area. According to Decree No. 2001-294 of August 8, 2001 regulating noise in the Republic of Benin, the noise level is set as follows:

  • 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (residential area: 50 dB; commercial area: 55 dB; industrial area: 70 dB);
  • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (residential area: 45 dB; commercial area: 55 dB; industrial area: 70 dB);
  • 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. (residential area: 45 dB; commercial area: 50 dB; industrial area: 70 dB).

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