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Local Law Review 2022

We are currently reviewing our Local Law and are calling on the community to provide feedback on the proposed changes. Local Laws affect everyone who lives, works or visits Bass Coast, so we encourage everyone to have their say on this important project.

The Local Law must be reviewed every 10 years, to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the community.

The purpose of this review is to identify what is working well in our current Local Law, any gaps in the legislation and to create items to address new and emerging issues.

The Local Law covers a range of things - from unsightly land, roadside and footpath trading and planting on nature strips, to building sites.

One of the proposed changes to the Local Law is to include Short Stay Accommodation. Previously, Council registered Short Stay Accommodation under The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 through the ‘Holiday Home Registration’ process. The Local Law Review has provided the opportunity to develop a more streamlined and efficient process for the registering and management of Short Stay Accommodation.

If you would like further information regarding the Local Law Review, contact our Community Safety Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.

Summary of Key Changes

We have created a Summary of Key Changes which identifies areas of the Local Law that we are looking to change, delete or add to. We welcome feedback on the proposed changes, as well as on anything that is in our current Local Law or anything that you think may be missing.

Have your say on the Local Law Review

The survey will be open until 13 February 2022. Following the feedback period, the information gathered will be used to draft the new Local Law. Community feedback will also be sought on the Draft document.

What does the current Local Law (2012) cover?

Some of the things covered under our Local Laws include:

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.

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 for 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).