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New Community Local Law 2024 - 2034

A comprehensive Community Local Law aimed at addressing a wide range of important community issues including fire safety, animal welfare, property regulations, vehicle management, and public behaviour was endorsed at the Council Meeting on 21 November 2023.

The new Community Local Law 2024-2034 will replace Council’s existing Local Law and aims to strike a balance between safety, personal freedom, and community responsibility to help people live harmoniously in their local community.

Chair Administrator Lydia Wilson said the new Community Local Law was developed in consultation with the local community.

“We received valuable feedback and insights from more than 2,000 residents which played a pivotal role in shaping these essential local laws,” - Lydia said

The new laws are set to take effect from 1 July 2024 and over the coming months we will be helping the community to understand what is changing and how it impacts them. We have also developed a brief video that outlines the changes.

The new Community Local Law 2024 – 2034 has been simplified to make it easier to read and understand in community-friendly language.

Community Local Law 2024

City of Whittlesea

Local Law 2024 Video

Community Local Law Video

We have developed a short Community Local Law explainer video that outlines some of the key changes.

Community Local Law 2024

Community Consultation

Fire safety, animals, property, vehicles and public behavior are just some of the themes addressed in the final draft Community Local Law 2024 was recently released for community consultation. The final draft has been informed through two rounds of significant community engagement. You can see what we heard during both rounds of community engagement in the summaries below.

The Local Law addresses issues which have emerged in recent years including the use of recreational firepits, nature strip maintenance, managing long-term parking of trailers, caravans and boats on Council land, dumping of rubbish, managing derelict and dilapidated buildings, dumped or abandoned shopping trolleys, managing dogs on sports fields and strengthening dog attack laws.

The Draft Community Local Law 2024 incorporates community feedback including;