German ordinances regulate dog handling, quiet hours

The Ramstein-Miesenbach Office of Public Order recently received several complaints about American dog owners and now officials want to remind dog owners that there are several ordinances that regulate dogs within the city.
First, dog owners must keep their dogs on a leash while in developed areas inside the community and city limits at all times. In all other areas, dogs must be automatically put on a leash when other people approach.

Second, dog owners must “clean up” after their dogs – particularly in public places like sidewalks, parks and playgrounds.

Third, dog owners are required to ensure that their dogs’ barking does not disturb their neighbors. During quiet hours (10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and all day Sundays and German holidays), dog owners must ensure that neighbors are not disturbed by barking, whining or howling. Outside these hours, dog owners must ensure that dog noises do not last longer than 10 minutes in a row (or more than 30 minutes cumulatively per day). To ensure that a dog does not disturb neighbors, owners may have to keep dogs inside if they cannot control the dog’s barking.

On a related note, Ramstein-Miesenbach officials also remind residents that noise from loud machinery, particularly lawn mowers, weed eaters, leaf blowers, etc. has to be kept at a minimum in residential areas.

Machinery of this type may only be used from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on workdays (including Saturdays), except 1 to 3 p.m. In addition, the use of this equipment (or any other equipment that generates similar noise) is not permitted at all on Sundays and German legal holidays.

Violations of any of the above mentioned ordinances may be punished by fines up to €5,000.

(Courtesy of Ramstein-Miesenbach Office of Public Order)