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Local Laws Overview

Local laws help to govern the diverse communities of the Sunshine Coast region. Local laws govern issues such as:

  • parking
  • keeping animals
  • approvals for activities
  • bathing reserves
  • dog off-leash areas.

There is a type of local law called a subordinate local law. The principles contained in local laws are often provided for in more detail in their subordinate local laws.

The Sunshine Coast Council local laws and subordinate local laws were adopted on 1 January 2012.

Since then a number of minor local law amendments have been adopted by council. These amendments have been consolidated into the local laws and subordinate local laws. This has been done to make them clear and easy to use.

Local law review

In December 2013, council made changes to the local laws relating to animals being in and around the Caloundra Park sporting precinct. In March 2014 council removed any specific reference to the Noosa Council area [Word 298KB] following de-amalgamation. These amendments [PDF 265KB] relate to several local laws. More recently further amendments [PDF 9KB] were made which:

  • removed the provision prohibiting animals from eating establishments
  • introduced the requirement into the Local Laws to register a cat
  • and included the new Brightwater dog off-leash park map.

Local laws

Council has created fact sheets to help you understand the region’s local laws. These fact sheets are available in the table below, along with the local laws and subordinate local laws. 

Local Law Name Fact Sheet Local Law Subordinate Local Law
Local Law No. 1
(Administration) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 1
[PDF 244KB]
Local law 1 [PDF 224KB] Subordinate local law 1 
[PDF 3.1MB]
Local Law No. 2
(Animal Management) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 2
[PDF 276KB]
Local law 2 [PDF 124KB]

Subordinate local law 2 
[PDF 2.1MB]

Amendment Subordinate Local Law No. 4 (Animal Management) 2013 [PDF 713KB]

Local Law No. 3
(Community Health and Environment
Management) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 3
[Word 418KB]

Helium balloons [PDF 98KB]
Junk mail [PDF 145KB]
Visual pollution [PDF 102KB]
Local law 3 [PDF 74KB] Subordinate local law 3 
[PDF 382KB]
Local Law No. 4
(Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities,
Infrastructure and Roads) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 4
[PDF 249KB]
Local law 4 [PDF 70KB] Subordinate local law 4 
[PDF 35KB]
Local Law No. 5
(Parking) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 5
[PDF 265KB]
Local law 5 [PDF 279KB] Subordinate local law 5 
[PDF 4.5MB]
Local Law No. 6
(Bathing Reserves) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 6
[PDF 248KB]
Local law 6 [PDF 419KB] Subordinate local law 6 
[PDF 272KB]

Copies of the local laws are also available from council's customer service centres and libraries.  


For more information, please contact council's customer service centre or visit the Department of Local Government websiteLink exits to another website .

Please note: This webpage contains documents that are in PDF format only. If you would like to receive a copy of any of these documents in another format, please contact council's customer service centre.

Last Updated 02-Sep-14