Local Laws

Darebin City Council has power under the Local Government Act 1989 to make local laws to ensure the equitable and fair use of Council owned and managed infrastructure.

A requirement of the Local Government Act is that a local law must not be inconsistent with any Act or regulation (State or Federal). Local laws are therefore aimed at dealing with local issues.

The General Local Law covers amenity and nuisance issues such as ‘burning-off’, selling goods, advertising signs and the keeping of animals.

General Local Law 2015 (Local Law No.1 of 2015) is made under Part 5, Section 111 of the Local Government Act 1989

The objectives of the Local Law are to provide for the:

  1. Protection, safe and fair use and enjoyment of Council property
  2. Protection of the visual amenity of the municipality to a standard that meets the general expectations of the community
  3. Keeping and control of animals, on land and on Council property and
  4. Uniform and fair administration and enforcement of this Local Law. 

        General Local Law 2015

Incorporated documents

Local Law Fact Sheets



The Governance Local Law covers the conduct of Council and Committee meetings, the common seal and election of Mayor.

Darebin City Council Governance Local Law 2017 (Local Law No.1 of 2017) is made under Part 5 section 111 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The objectives of the Local Law are to:

  1. Regulate proceedings at Council meetings, Committee meetings and other meetings conducted by or on behalf of Council where Council has resolved that the provisions of the Local Law are to apply.
  2. Regulate proceedings for the election of the Mayor, and Chairpersons of various Committees
  3. Regulate the use of the common seal
  4. Prohibit unauthorised use of the common seal or any device resembling the common seal
  5. Make provision for related administrative procedures
  6. Provide for peace, order and good government of the municipal district.

The purpose of this Local Law is to protect and enhance the urban character, by regulating tree removal and pruning of trees on private property.

Tree Protection on Private Property Local Law No. 01 of 2019. This Local Law is made under Section 111(1) of the Local Government Act 1989.

The objectives of this Local Law are to ensure that the urban forest is healthy, safe, provides amenity and increases liveability for the community by:
(a) prohibiting, regulating and controlling activities that could be a risk or endanger protected trees in the Municipal District; and
(b) applying controls which will complement other controls being applied by the Council to maintain and protect trees in the Municipal District.

For more information on Tree Protection and to apply for a Tree Protection Permit, click here.