Local laws and regulations

The Local Government Act gives Victorian Councils the power to create local laws within their municipality.

How do Local Laws affect you?

Our Local Laws have been developed in consultation with the community to enhance and protect the health, safety and amenity of Moira Shire residents, businesses, visitors, and municipality. The local laws complement the responsibilities and powers under both state and federal laws.

The community have a responsibility to comply with Local Laws and breaches can be reported to the Council. 

Our Local Laws

Community Amenity Local Law 2023

At its meeting held on 22 November 2023, Moira Shire Council resolved to make the Community Amenity Local Law 2023 applying throughout the municipal district. 

This Local Law is made pursuant to section 71 of the Local Government Act 2020 and section 42 of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, effective from 1 December 2023.

The objectives of this Local Law are to:

  • Provide for the peace, order and good government of the municipal district;
  • Provide for the matters that require a Local Law and any other Act;
  • Provide for the administration of Council powers and functions and for the issue of permits and infringement notices;
  • Prohibit regulate and control activities, physical works including construction, events, practices or behavior in the municipal district so that no detriment is caused to the amenity of the neighborhood, nor nuisance to a person, nor detrimental effect to the environment or property;
  • Regulate and control the consumption of liquor and possession of liquor other than in a sealed container;
  • Protect Council assets;
  • Regulate the droving, grazing and movement of livestock throughout the municipal district, minimizing the damage to road surfaces, formations, drainage, native vegetation and surrounding arears arising from livestock and to alert other road users to the presence of livestock on roads in the interests of road safety; and
  • Enhance public safety and community amenity.

Read the Local Law here(PDF, 634KB)

What happens if I break the Local Law?

If you breach any of the rules set out in the Local Law, Council and its authorised officers are able to:

  • determine not to take any action having regard to the relevant facts and circumstances of the matter;
  • give a verbal or written warning;
  • issue a verbal or written direction;
  • issue a written Notice to Comply;
  • issue an infringement notice; or
  • commence a prosecution.

Use of the Common Seal and Conduct at Council Meetings Local Law No. 1 2021

At its meeting held on 23 June 2021, Moira Shire Council resolved to make the Use of Common Seal and Conduct at Council Meetings Local Law No.1 2021.

The Local Law was made under section 111(1) of the Local Government Act 1989,  effective from 24 June 2021.

The purpose of the Local Law is to:

  • regulate the use of the common seal; 
  • prohibit unauthorised use of the common seal; and
  • make it an offence for non-compliance with the conduct provisions of Council's Governance Rules applying to Council Meetings.

Read the Local Law here(PDF, 214KB)

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