Laws and by-laws


The Local Government Act 1993 is the principal legislation governing Council’s operations.

This is  an Act that provides for local government and councils to plan for, develop and manage municipal areas in the interests of their communities. 

View the Local Government Act 1993


Local councils are guided by laws and by-laws. Council by-laws take over where the laws leave off. While the Local Government Act 1993 provides general rules about many things, these aren’t always enough to make sure we can do our job successfully, so the law gives us the power to make by-laws.

To make a by-law, we have to follow a set of procedures. Each by-law has a life of no more than 10 years from the date it comes into effect.

Read more about the legislation that guides us.

Our current By-laws