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General Local Laws

Proposed General Local Law 2018

Council is reviewing the current General Local Law 2008 that expires in March 2018 and we are seeking feedback from the community to help shape the new Local Law to ensure that it meets the needs of the community.
Community feedback on the draft of the proposed General Local Law 2018 will be considered prior to consideration and adoption by Council.

Following Council’s decision to endorse the proposed Local Law Council will commence the formal community submission process required under section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989.

This Local Law is ultimately aimed to protect the amenity of the municipality and the health and safety of the community. This is not simply about compliance but about creating an environment that is equitable and fair where residents, business and visitors alike can participate in the community with mutual respect and enjoyment.
The Local Law covers the following broad areas:
• Environment;
• Animals;
• Roads and Council Land; and
• Protection of Council Assets and Control of Building Sites.

Once adopted by Council the new General Local Law will remain in force until 2028 unless revoked earlier.

The Local Law imposes certain standards and expectations on the community and provides Council the ability to assess the appropriateness of certain activities through the issuing of permits and applying relevant conditions.

The benefits to the community as a result of this Local Law will be:
• a safe and healthy environment so that the community within the municipality can enjoy a quality of life that meets its expectations;
• safe and fair use and enjoyment of public places;
• fair and reasonable use and enjoyment of private land;
• protection and enhancement of the amenity and environment of the municipality; and
• protection of Council controlled or owned assets so that the community is not unreasonably burdened by the financial cost of damage caused by others.

If you would like to have your say on the Proposed General Local Lawhead over to the Your Say Glenelg Page and complete the survey by clicking here.


Infringement Notices may be issued by Local Laws Officers for a range of offences, including breaches of Glenelg Shire Council's General Local Law 2008.

Persons who receive an infringement may:

  • Pay the infringement;
  • Have the matter referred directly to Court for consideration. This must be requested by contacting Council in writing; or
  • Refer the matter to the Glenelg Shire Council Review Panel if there are extenuating circumstances surrounding the issuing of the infringement. (link to Infringement Review Application Form below)

Impounded Livestock

In addition to dogs and cats Council Officers are frequently called upon to impound cattle, sheep and horses that are found to be wandering at large.
The officers will, where possible, identify and contact the stock owner to inform them that their stock is out.
If ownership identification is not able to be made, the stock will be impounded and may be held for 7 days.
An advertisement will be placed in the local papers describing the stock impounded and advising that if not claimed within 7 days, and all necessary fees paid, the stock may be sold by auction at a date, time & location stated in the before mentioned advertisement.

Applications for an infringement review must be in writing and only one review request per offence is allowed. You are required to provide a copy of your original infringement notice with your application documentation.

If you have received an Infringement Notice which you believe to be unfair or unjust due to extenuating circumstances and wish to have the infringement reviewed, download the Infringement Review Application Form by clicking on the link below.

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