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Local Laws


The new General Local Law 2020 was adopted at the Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 15 September 2020, and is now in effect. The new General Local Law can be viewed at the following link

Mount Alexander Shire Council Local Law 2020 (PDF, 1,369KB)

Purchase Fee: $10.00 for a copy of the new General Local Law 2020.

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 laws 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.

General Local Law - 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 General Local Law visit the local laws permits page.

General Local Law - Environment

The objective of this local law aims to regulate activities which may be dangerous or unsafe or detrimental to the quality of life.

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

(a) be dangerous, cause damage or a nuisance or be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the environment.
(b) interfere with a healthy and safe environment in the municipal district for residents and visitors.
(c) breach of requirements or conditions that must be observed to ensure that a safe, healthy and enjoyable environment for residents and visitors.

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

General Local Law - Animals

The objective of this local law aims to regulate activities which may be associated with keeping of animal, birds and poultry and aims to ensure the welfare of the animals and protect the general amenity of the municipality.

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

(a) be dangerous, cause a nuisance or be detrimental to the amenity of the area or the environment:
(b) interfere with regulating and controlling activities to maintain a healthy and safe environment in the municipal district for residents and visitors.
(c) breach of regulations in which animals are kept and housed and the number of certain animals that may be kept on a property.

To apply for a permit relating to Local Law No 4 visit the local laws permits page.

General Local Law - Trading

The objective of this local law aims to manage the uses and activities on roads and Council land so that the Council is aware of uses or activities.

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) interfere with the clear guidelines on the use of public places for outdoor dining or street trading.
(c) impede free and safe access for people, in particular those with sight and movement impairment or disabilities.
(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 No 5 visit the local laws permits page.


Read our Quick guide to footpath trading for local businesses.

General Local Law - Fundraising and Events

The objective of this local law is to regulate activities in public places to ensure that activities or use of these areas do not cause a nuisance or public disturbance.

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

(1) interfere with the uses and activities on roads and Council land.
(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) which may 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 No 6 visit the local laws permits page.

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