Local Laws

Local Laws play an important role in helping to improve our neighbourhoods and keep our community safe.

Council's City Laws team ensures that Local Laws, State Acts and Regulations are adhered to through education and enforcement.

You can download the following local laws and codes for more information:

General Local Law No.1 - 2013(PDF, 323KB)
Domestic Waste Collection Code(PDF, 41KB)
Clothing Recycle Bins Code of Practice(PDF, 38KB)
Building and Works Code of Practice(PDF, 52KB)
Scareguns Code of Practice(PDF, 51KB)
Garage Sale Code of Practice(PDF, 44KB)

General Local Law No.1 - 2013

The purpose of the Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 is to provide:

  • Peace, order and good governance of the municipality
  • Safety and health of the municipality so that the community can enjoy a quality of life that meets its expectations
  • Safe and fair use and enjoyment of municipal places
  • Protection and enhancement of the amenity and environment of the municipality
  • Fair and reasonable use and enjoyment of private land
  • Uniform and fair administration of this Local Law.

 Roads and Municipal Places

Roads and municipal places under Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 covers the following:

  • Behaviour
  • Council signs 
  • Dog excrement         
  • Alcohol           
  • Collections     
  • Clothing recycling bins         
  • Amusements
  • Bulk waste containers          
  • Repair of vehicles     
  • Motorised vehicle      
  • Boats  
  • Trading activities       
  • Obstruction on roads
  • Property numbering  
  • Parks, gardens and reserves

Amenity

Amenity under Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 covers the following:

  • Dangerous and unsightly land   
  • Caravans and camping 
  • Open air burning         
  • Heavy motor vehicles           
  • Unregistered and abandoned vehicles     
  • Household goods         
  • Waste
  • Filling of land          
  • Scareguns
  • Shopping trolleys
  • Shipping containers and skip or bulk waste containers
  • Garage Sales
  • Smoke free areas 

Asset Protection

Asset protection under Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 covers the following:

  • Compliance with code       
  • Asset Protection Permit

Animals

Animals under Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 covers the following:

  • Numbers 
  • Wasp nests
  • Housing
  • Wandering stock    

Administration 

Administration under Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 covers the following:

  • Permits
  • Direction of authorised officer
  • Power of authorised officer - urgent circumstances
  • Impounding

Enforcement

Enforcement under Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 covers the following:

  • Offences under this Local Law 
  • Infringement notices under this Local Law
  • Penalties under this Local Law.

Governance Local Law - 2013

You can download the Governance Local Law - 2013.(PDF, 66KB) For the Councillor Code of Conduct and Code of Meeting Procedures refer to the Council Policies page.

Purpose of Governance Local Law - 2013 

The purpose of the Governance Local Law - 2013 is to:

  • Regulate proceedings at Council Meetings, Committee Meetings and other meetings conducted by or on behalf of the Council where Council has resolved that the provisions of the Local Law are to apply.
  • Regulate and prohibit unauthorised use of the Common Seal.
  • Provide for the administration of Council powers and functions.

Intent of the Governance Local Law - 2013

The intent of the Governance Local Law - 2013 is to:

  • Deliver provisions for the good government of the municipal district and the administration of Council powers and functions.
  • Convey principles within a Code of Conduct as a means of promoting a common understanding among Councillors regarding the expectations of conduct when representing the Council and in their dealings with the community, council staff and one another.
  • Govern the conduct at meetings of the Council or Committees through the Code of Meetings Procedure.
  • Make it an offence for a person to use the Common Seal or a device resembling the common seal without the authority of Council.
  • Make it an offence under the Code of Meetings Procedure for any person to fail to obey a direction of the Chairperson relating to the conduct of the meeting or the maintenance of order.
  • Make it an offence under the Code of Meetings Procedure for any person to record proceedings of a Council or Committee meeting without the consent of the Council.
  • Make it an offence under the Code of Meetings Procedure for a Councillor to not withdraw a remark which is considered by the Chairperson to be defamatory, indecent, abusive, offensive, disorderly or objectionable in language, substance or nature, when called upon twice by the Chairperson to do so.
  • Make it an offence under the Code of Meetings Procedure for any person, not being a Councillor, who has been called to order for any improper or disorderly conduct to not leave the Council meeting when requested by the Chairperson to do so.
  • Make it an offence under the Code of Meetings Procedure for a Councillor to refuse to leave the Council meeting on suspension. 

 

Fire prevention

Major fire threats are a real concern and can cause devastation to human life, animals and the local environment. All residents can prevent major fires by making their homes fire safe. This can be done by cutting long grass, trimming and clearing trees and garden waste and disposing of general rubbish properly.

Council encourages all residents to clear their property of fire hazards regularly. Everybody has a responsibility to minimise the risks of fire.

Local permits are required for any burns on land less than 2 hectares (5 acres). During the declared Fire Danger Period a permit to burn is also required for burns on land larger than 2 hectares (5 acres). Find out more by going to the Apply for a permit to burn-off page.

Reporting litter offences

Litter is the most visible sign of pollution. It is unsightly, dangerous and can cause injury to people and wildlife. Under Victoria's Environment Protection Act (EPA) 1970, littering is illegal.

If litter is thrown or dropped from a car the driver of the vehicle, the registered owner of the vehicle and any person authorised by the owner to use the vehicle, can be found guilty of the litter offence.

To report someone littering you can send a signed report to Hume City Council.

Hume City Council can issue the registered vehicle owner with an infringement notice. If the fine is not paid, or if the matter is contested, the owner may be required to give evidence in court.

For more information visit the What rubbish goes in my bin? page.

To report a littering offence, download the Confidential Litter Report Form(PDF, 21KB) and return the completed form to:

Hume City Council
PO Box 119
Dallas VIC 3047