Local Laws

Local Laws

Council creates local laws that apply to its municipal district through the Local Government Act 1989 and the Local Government Act 2020. Our local laws provide peace, order and good government for our residents, businesses and visitors.

Local Laws passed by Councils are designed to ensure the actions of an individual or group do not have an adverse impact on the rest of the community and only apply within the municipality in which they are passed.

For details on Horsham Rural City Council’s local laws, please click the headings below.

Local Law No.1 Governance (2016)

Local Law No.1 Governance (2016)(PDF, 402KB)

The Local Law No.1 Governance (2016) was adopted by Council on 1 February 2016. Most of the provisions of Local Law No.1 Governance (2016) have now been made redundant and replaced by the Governance Rules, Chapter 2, as noted below.

Governance Rules 2023(PDF, 632KB)

The Governance Rules were made in accordance with Section 60 of the Local Government Act 2020 (LGAct2020).

Section 60 of the LGAct2020 requires each Council to adopt and apply Governance Rules that describe the way they will conduct Council Meetings and make decisions. The Governance rules are designed to ensure good governance by Council through the performance of its role in accordance with the overarching governance principles and supporting principles of the LGAct2020.

Community Local Law 2021

Community Local Law 2021(PDF, 837KB)

Guidelines December 2021(PDF, 2MB)

Councils use local laws to respond to issues and community needs within a municipal district.

These local laws complement their responsibilities and powers under both state and federal laws. Where appropriate, Councils may introduce local laws to exercise these powers. Local laws are often adopted to protect public health, safety and amenity in a municipal district.

See the Community Safety page below for further information regarding Local Laws, Animals and Parking.

Community Safety