The Local Law is designed to enhance public safety, to improve the liveability of our neighbourhoods and to protect Council’s public assets. Local Laws have a 10 year life span. Council's Current Local Law No. 1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2012 (Local Law 2012) was developed following months of consultation and community input, and was adopted by Council in July 2012. It will expire in July 2022.
Local Law Review and Development of Local Law No.1 Neighbourhood Amenity 2022 (Local Law 2022)
This year, Council will begin reviewing the current Local Law 2012 and engage with the community to develop the new Local Law 2022. This will involve consultation with key stakeholders and the community.
To register to have your say, and be kept up to date on this project, please register your interest.
Short Stay Accommodation (Holiday homes) Update
Previously, Council registered Holiday Homes under The Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008). Council ceased this process from July 1, 2021 and is refunding properties who had paid registration from this date up to 31 December 2021. Council will be moving to a new process, where Short Stay Accommodation (previously referred to as Holiday Homes) will be registered under the Local Law 2022 from 1 July, 2022.
All previously registered properties will be sent an invitation to become registered through this new process in 2022. During the transition period, property owners will not be penalised fro having a unregistered property. Nuisance complaints relating to these properties will continue to be responded to under the current Local Law 2012 and The Public Health and Wellbeing Act (2008).
If you would like to provide feedback on the proposed new Short Stay Accommodation Local Law, please register your interest.
What does the Local Law 2012 cover?
Some of the things covered under our Local Laws include:
- Road names and house numbers
- Unsightly land
- Domestic waste, recycling and hard waste collections
- Keeping animals, grazing livestock, adequate fencing
- Shipping containers
- Roadside and footpath trading
- Smoking and alcohol zones
- Motor bikes, motorised and non-recreational vehicles
- Vehicle crossings
- Reserves and foreshores
- Burning off, lighting fires
- Planting on nature strips
- Road opening, drainage tapping
- Building sites
If you would like further information regarding the Local Law, contact our Local Laws Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.
Use of body cameras
Our Parking and Community Safety Officers wear body cameras for their safety and wellbeing. The cameras also benefit the community by helping prevent anti-social behaviour. Body cameras are attached to an officer’s uniform, and are clearly visible.You may be recorded if you interact with these staff. Officers will announce when and if they are recording. Recordings are used for Occupational Health and Safety purposes as well as for staff professional development.