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.

  • Temporary homes

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    Local Law regulates the erection or placement of structures and/or vehicles such as sheds or caravans that are to be used as a temporary home (for 6 months or less). Council currently allows temporary homes if an approval has been obtained.

    Documents that must be provided to Council with an application include:

    • site plan
    • copy of the building approval for the temporary home if one is required
    • copy of the development approval for the permanent home and expected date of completion
    • details of the water supply source and sanitary facilities

    Local Law restricts approvals of temporary homes to properties over 3000m2.

    Read more: Temporary homes Local Law extract.

  • Vehicles on public land

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    Under Local Law a vehicle (e.g. a dirt bike or 4WD) can only access Council property (e.g. parks or reserves) if:

    • the entry is authorised under a Local Law approval
    • is via designated entry points and the vehicle is driven or parked on a road or carpark
    • an emergency vehicle
    • if the person driving is a local government employee doing their duties.

    Read more: Vehicles on public land Local Law extract.