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Local Laws

Local laws are designed to secure community safety, protect public assets and enhance neighbourhood amenity in order to make living in the City of Whittlesea ‘A Place For All’.

Local laws cover a range of diverse topics. From unsightly land, fire safety, animals, roadside reserves and footpath trading to planting on nature strips and building sites, helps you understand your rights and responsibilities, and promote awareness and cooperation.

It also empowers Council to respond to local issues and protect public and private space as well as the community’s health and safety.

How does the Local Law affect me?

The Local Law can assist in resolving neighbourhood disputes, or to overcome a cause of local concern, such as noise or damage to a community asset.

In some circumstances, the Local Law may assist neighbours to agree amicable on appropriate behaviours whilst in other circumstances, breaches of the Local Law can be reported to the Council.

What happens if I break the Local Law?

If you breach any of the rules set out in the Local Law, Council and its authorised officers are able to:

  • provide you with an official warning
  • issue you with a legal Notice to Comply
  • issue you with an Infringement Notice or fine
  • prosecute in the Magistrates Court

Download our current Local Law

Download our current local law documents: