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Local Laws

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 reviews

Local laws are regularly reviewed. Council is proposing some amendments to the local laws and subordinate local laws for the Sunshine Coast region. You can submit your feedback to council by 30 November 2015.

Local laws fact sheets

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 153KB]

Subordinate local law 2 
[PDF 5.7MB]

Local Law No. 3
(Community Health and Environment
Management) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 3
[Word 420KB]

Helium balloons [Word 292KB]
Junk mail [Word 312KB]
Visual pollution [Word 313KB]
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 5.5MB]
Local Law No. 6
(Bathing Reserves) 2011
Fact sheet - local law 6
[PDF 216KB]
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.

Related issues

Managing Roadsides: Council applies local laws across all roads, including state-controlled roads, to improve attractiveness and safety.

Noise and Light: Council is responsible for investigating some noise, light and glare complaints. Find fact sheets, guidelines and general information about how to lodge a complaint.

Bulcock Beach Boardwalk: Regulations for fishing, animal on-leash and prohibited areas and use of facilities surrounding the Bulcock Beach Boardwalk.


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

Last Updated 29-Oct-15