Local laws

Under the Local Government Act 2020 (Victoria), Council has the authority to create and enforce local laws. 

Currently Council has adopted three local laws.

Community Local Law 2023

Community Local Law 2023(PDF, 2MB) covers activities that impact the amenity of our community, such as:

  • use of Council land and roads
  • roadside and footpath trading
  • requirements for open air burning and incinerators
  • the consumption of alcohol in public places
  • asset protection and other uses and activities on private and public land that require permits
  • animal keeping

It was developed following consultation held as part of Council’s ten-year Local Law review and replaced the General Purposes and Amenity (Amendment) Local Law No.10 of 2019(PDF, 1MB) as of 25 September 2023.

Key points to note:

  • burning in the open air is prohibited on land less than 2,000 square metres
  • broadening of accountability to include landowners – not just perpetrators
  • gambling advertisements are prohibited on Council land or on a road
  • new clause added regulating fireworks (conducted by a pyrotechnician) on private land, within strict conditions to protect amenity and animal welfare
  • heavy vehicle parking is prohibited on residential land 2,000 square metres or less
  • events, filming and busking now has its own clause
  • smoke-free zones have been added to the Local Law, allowing Council to prescribe and declare smoke-free (including e-cigarette-free) zones
  • prohibits collection of wood from Council land or a road
  • stricter regulations around:
    • unsightly and dangerous land and buildings
    • scare guns
    • building sites
    • shopping trolleys

Council strongly encourages all members of the community to familiarise themselves with the new local law, which was developed for the community.

A breach of the provisions the Local Law may result in issuing of legal notices to comply, infringements and/or prosecution.

Governance Local Law 2021

The purpose of Governance Local Law 2021(PDF, 195KB) is to:

  1. revoke the existing Meeting Procedure Local Law No 11;
  2. regulate the use of Council’s common seal; and
  3. create offences in relation to conduct at meetings and the unauthorised use of the Council’s common seal.

Local Law No.12: Kyneton Airfield

Kyneton Airfield Local Law No. 12 of 2018(PDF, 2MB) was established to implement interim measures to assist with the safe operation of Kyneton Airfield. It aims to regulate and control potential hazards.