Local Laws Review

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It’s time to put your case forward and join the debate on how we regulate

Council wants your ideas to help set our communities' standards on:

  • Animal-keeping (e.g. the number that residents can keep)
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Businesses on public land
  • Advertising signs
  • Overgrown lawns, noisy air conditioners and unsightly pools
  • Festivals and events
  • Parking
  • Dangerous activities on public land (golf, BMX, remote aircraft, etc.)
  • Many more matters!

These issues are currently regulated under Council's Local Laws.

A review of the current Local Laws is underway, and we are inviting your input.

Local laws are designed to respond to local issues and help improve the liveability of our communities for everyone.

A summary of each matter and the law that applies can be viewed below.


Have your say

From 1 April until 30 June 2021 Council is asking you to tell us what you would do if you were the maker of Local Laws (using survey below):

  1. What issues do you have relating to Local Law matters?
  2. What ideas do you have to resolve these issues?


Alternative ways to provide comment

If you are unable to access our online survey, you can write to Council with your responses at:

Correspondence must be received by Council by 5.00pm on 30 June 2021.


Next steps

A summary of community feedback will be made available on Council’s website. You will not be individually identified in any reports.

Council will consider all community feedback alongside expert opinions to draft the revised Local Laws.

The draft laws will then be made available for inspection and comment before being finalised.

It’s time to put your case forward and join the debate on how we regulate

Council wants your ideas to help set our communities' standards on:

  • Animal-keeping (e.g. the number that residents can keep)
  • Backyard fire pits
  • Businesses on public land
  • Advertising signs
  • Overgrown lawns, noisy air conditioners and unsightly pools
  • Festivals and events
  • Parking
  • Dangerous activities on public land (golf, BMX, remote aircraft, etc.)
  • Many more matters!

These issues are currently regulated under Council's Local Laws.

A review of the current Local Laws is underway, and we are inviting your input.

Local laws are designed to respond to local issues and help improve the liveability of our communities for everyone.

A summary of each matter and the law that applies can be viewed below.


Have your say

From 1 April until 30 June 2021 Council is asking you to tell us what you would do if you were the maker of Local Laws (using survey below):

  1. What issues do you have relating to Local Law matters?
  2. What ideas do you have to resolve these issues?


Alternative ways to provide comment

If you are unable to access our online survey, you can write to Council with your responses at:

Correspondence must be received by Council by 5.00pm on 30 June 2021.


Next steps

A summary of community feedback will be made available on Council’s website. You will not be individually identified in any reports.

Council will consider all community feedback alongside expert opinions to draft the revised Local Laws.

The draft laws will then be made available for inspection and comment before being finalised.

  • Conducting business on public land

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    Local Law regulates the use of a local government-controlled areas or roads for soliciting or carrying on the supply of goods and services (including food or drink) for profit.

    Local Law sets out the approval process, including documents that must be accompany applications, criteria for granting applications and conditions to be imposed on an approval (e.g. public liability insurance, keep area clean and sanitary, removal of goods and equipment after use and refrain from making a noise nuisance).

    Read more: Conducting business on public land Local Law extract.

  • Council-controlled waters

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    Under the Local Law you cannot undertake the following activities without Council approval:

    • construct your own jetty or pontoon, clearing
    • damage vegetation on the foreshore
    • undertake commercial activities, such as charter board or jet ski hire
    • use vehicles on the foreshore
    • occupy a vessel for the purpose of habitation
    • dive or jump from a public landing.

    For safety reasons, there are certain activities that Council does not permit, such as interfering the with safe use of landings, jetties and boat ramps or abandoning vessels.

    Read more: Council-controlled waters Local Law extract.

  • Dangerous recreational activities

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    Local Law prohibits a person from undertaking any activity that, in an authorised person’s opinion, is likely to injure, endanger, obstruct, interfere with or inconvenience a person.

    There are currently no prescribed activities which Council considers to be dangerous.

    Read more: Dangerous recreational activities Local Law extract.

  • Display of goods on public land

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    Local Law regulates commercial use of council land. An individual or business must obtain an approval from Council before placing a display of goods for sale on the footpath outside their business premises.

    Local Law sets out the approval process, including documents that must accompany applications, criteria for granting applications (including size, height, location and safety requirements) and conditions that can be imposed on an approval.

    Read more: Display of goods on public land Local Law extract.

  • Driveways

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    The installation and construction of driveways is deemed a “self-assessable activity” if certain guidelines / drawings are followed.

    Council does not currently have power to direct property owners to ensure that their driveway crossovers are kept safe and compliant with Council’s standards.

    Read more: Driveways Local Law extract

  • Fires and fire pits

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    Local Law currently prohibits outdoor fires (including firepits) on properties smaller than 3000m2, unless they are properly contained and are for the purpose of cooking food.

    Local Law regulates the lighting of fires on public and private property in the region.

    For example:

    • lighting a fire within a park, reserve, on a beach is only allowed if an approval has been obtained from Council
    • lighting a fire on a road is only allowed if an approval has been obtained from Council, or as part of a prescribed burn off
    • lighting a fire on a landing, jetty or ramp is prohibited

    Read more: Fires Local Law extract.

  • Fireworks

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    Local Law regulates the use of fireworks in the region. Fireworks are only permitted if an approval has been obtained from Council, and if the fireworks display will be conducted by a state licenced operator.

    Fireworks are ordinarily approved as part of an application to Council for a Temporary Entertainment Event (i.e. an outdoor festival).

    Read more: Fireworks Local Law extract.

  • Gatherings and alcohol on public land

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    Gatherings and alcohol on public land are regulated via permits for temporary entertainment events. To consume alcohol on public land you must obtain approval for a temporary entertainment event that permits alcohol consumption. You are otherwise not permitted to consume alcohol in a public place. This includes at weddings taking place on public land, for example.

    Read more: Gatherings and alcohol on public land Local Law extract.

  • Illegal dumping and littering

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    Local Law prohibits littering on all local government-controlled areas, including all local government-controlled landings, jetties and boat ramps.

    Read more: Illegal dumping and littering Local Law extract.

  • Landing and mooring

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    Local Law provides that you cannot moor a vessel at a landing or ramp other than to any bollards or other fastening appliances that are provided.

    Additionally, a person cannot operate a vessel in a manner that obstructs or interferes with the use of a landing or ramp by another vessel.

    Local Law provides that there is a 20-minute maximum time limit when mooring, launching, retrieving or loading a vessel on a landing, ramp or jetty unless in an emergency, approved by council or signed otherwise.

    Read more: Landing and mooring Local Law extract.