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Local laws

Local laws are designed to protect the community and local environment from health and safety concerns, and make living in the Mount Alexander Shire Council pleasant for all residents.

Local laws help you understand your rights and responsibilities, and promote understanding and cooperation.
All municipalities have a set of rules known as local laws, which are enforced by local laws officers. Our local law may be different from the local laws in other municipalities.

Mount Alexander Shire Council has introduced Local Laws aimed at ensuring the amenity of the area. Contact us to get in touch with our Local Laws Department with regards to complaints or queries relating to:

• Litter/rubbish dumping
• Parking
• Local Laws permits
• Unsightly land
• Housing of livestock and poultry/birds
• Skateboarders
• Alcohol consumption in public areas
• Abandoned vehicles
• Overhanging branches

Links and an outline with of Council's Local Laws and procedures manual are listed below.

Local Law No 1 of 2008 – Meeting Procedures

The objective of this local law is to:

Regulate and control the procedures governing the conduct of meetings of the Council and of the special committees appointed by the Council.

Note Council’s Local Law Procedure Manual makes provision in respect to the applying of the Common Seal, which should be read in conjunction with this local law.

Local Law No 1 of 2008 – Meeting Procedures (860KB, PDF)

Local Laws Procedure Manual

The Local Laws Procedure Manual is to be used in conjunction with Council's local laws 2,3,4,5 & 6. The manual provides additional information to complement the general details in each of the local laws.

Local Law 2 - Roads and Council Land

The objective of this local law is to regulate activities on roads and Council land.

The local laws aims to ensure Council is aware of uses or activities which may:

(a) interfere with the safety and convenience of people travelling on or using roads or land.
(b) impede free and safe access for people, in particular those with sight and movement impairment or disabilities.
(c) cause damage to Council and community assets,
(d) create a danger or expose others to risk, or
(e) be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the enjoyment of facilities on roads or land.

To apply for a permit relating to Local Law 2 visit the local laws permits page.

Local Law 2 - Roads and Council Land (1.21MB, PDF)

Local Law 3 - Environment

The objective of this local law aims to promote an environment free from hazards to health, prevent nuisances which may adversely affect enjoyment of life and regulate activities which may be dangerous or unsafe or detrimental to the quality of life.

Managing activities and uses which may be dangerous, cause damage or a nuisance or be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the environment:

(a) regulating and controlling activities to maintain a healthy and safe environment in the municipal district for residents and visitors;
(b) identifying requirements or conditions that must be observed to ensure that a safe, healthy and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors is maintained; and
(c) providing for the administration of the Council’s powers and functions.

To apply for a Local Law 3 permit visit our planning and permits page.

Local Law 4 - Animals

Purpose of this Local Law 4
Regulates and controls activities associated with keeping of animal, birds and poultry in Mount Alexander Shire and aims to ensure the welfare of the animals and protect the general amenity of the municipality.

Managing activities and uses which may be dangerous, cause a nuisance or be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the environment:

(a) regulating and controlling activities to maintain a healthy and safe environment in the municipal district for residents and visitors.
(b) regulating the manner in which animals are kept and housed and the number of certain animals that may be kept on a property, and
(c) providing for the administration of the Council’s powers and functions.

To apply for a Local Law 4 permit visit our planning and permits page.

Local Law 5 - Trading

Purpose of this Local Law 5
Sets out clear guidelines on the use of public places for outdoor dining or street trading.

Managing the uses and activities on roads and Council land so that the Council is aware of uses or activities which may:

(a) interfere with the safety and convenience of people travelling on or using roads or land.
(b) impede free and safe access for people, in particular those with sight and movement impairment or disabilities.
(c) create a danger or expose others to risk, or
(d) be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the enjoyment of facilities on roads or land.

To apply for a Local Law 5 permit visit our planning and permits page.

Local Law 6 - Fundraising and Events

Purpose of this Local Law 6
Regulates activities in public places to ensure that activities or use of these areas do not cause a nuisance or public disturbance.

(1) managing the uses and activities on roads and Council land so that the Council is aware of uses or activities which may,
(a) interfere with the safety and convenience of people travelling on or using roads or land.
(b) impede free and safe access for people, in particular those with sight and movement impairment or disabilities.
(c) be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the enjoyment of facilities on roads or land.

To apply for a Local Law 6 permit visit our planning and permits page.

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