Local laws

Under the Local Government Act 2009, the City of Gold Coast has powers to make and enforce local laws. Our local laws are designed to enhance the Gold Coast way of life and reflect community needs to ensure safety, harmony and good rule.

Local laws govern a wide range of important issues such as:

  • parking
  • libraries
  • business advertising
  • swimming pools
  • parks and reserves
  • bathing reserves
  • roads and malls
  • cemeteries
  • waste management
  • vegetation management
  • animal management.

Local law-making process

The City established its own local law-making process in 2016. The process is transparent and community-focused.

To learn more refer to our local law-making process below.

Local law-making process

STEP ACTION APPROXIMATE TIMEFRAME
Planning Consultation with key stakeholders, benchmarking, drafting proposed law(s) and identifying any anti-competitive provisions 4 months
Council

Council resolves whether to:

  • propose to make the local law(s)
  • propose to make the local law(s) with further amendments
  • not proceed with the making of the proposed local law(s)
2 months
State consultation Consultation with relevant government entities about the overall State interest in the proposed local law(s) 1 month
Public consultation A public notice of consultation is published in the Gold Coast Bulletin and on the City’s website advising the community that they can review the proposed law(s) and related information online or at Council's Customer Service Centres. Community is invited to provide feedback on the proposed law(s) by completing a submission form. The City accept and consider every submission properly made. 2 months
Council resolution

Council resolves whether to:

  • make the proposed local law(s) as advertised
  • make the proposed local law(s) with further amendments
  • make the proposed local law(s) with further amendments by repeating State and public consultation steps
  • not proceed with the making of the proposed local law(s)
2 months
Public notification A notice advising of making of new local law is published in the Queensland Government Gazette and on the City’s website. Copies of the new local law(s) are made available online and at Council’s Customer Service Centres. 1 month
    12 months

Local laws currently under review

We regularly review our local laws to ensure they align with the latest environmental, social, and community concerns. Your feedback and participation are essential in this process.

We're currently reviewing the following local laws:

  • Local Law No. 6 (Vegetation Management)
  • Local Law No. 9 (Parks and Reserves) 2008
  • Subordinate Local Law No. 9.2 (Public Camping Areas) 2008

The proposed amendments and further details will be available soon.

Explore our local laws

We maintain a comprehensive register of all local laws and subordinate local laws. See our list below for these laws.

The Register of Local Laws lists the City's current and repealed local laws and subordinate local laws. You can access our Register of Local Laws online or you can inspect it at one of our Customer Service Centres.

View Register of Local Laws(PDF, 218KB)

You can also search for specific local laws or gather more information on the Queensland Government's Local Law database.

We are dedicated to keeping our community informed and engaged in shaping local laws that meet your needs. If you have any questions or need help please contact us.

Local Law No.1 (Meetings) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/01
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Local Law No.1 Meetings 2008(PDF, 180KB)

Subordinate Local Law No. 1.1 (Meetings) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/01/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated version - adopted by Council 12/6/12 – GA12.0607.008 (combines Council's originally made subordinate local law advertised 20/12/08 with Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 1.1 (Meetings) 2012 - Council Resolution 30/3/12, Gazette Notice, advertised & effect date = 4/5/12 for the Amending SLL only).

Subordinate Local Law No. 1.1(PDF, 211KB)

Local Law No. 2 (Regulated Parking) 2006

Reference No: LG222/365/02/01
Gazette Date: 17/03/2006

Consolidated version - Council Resolution 25/7/17, Gazette Notice 11/8/17 (combines Council's originally made local law gazetted 17/3/06 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution 25/7/17, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice & effect date = 11/8/17.

Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Regulated Parking) 2006

Reference No: LG222/365/02/02/01
Gazette Date: 29/04/2022
Advert Date: 1/09/2006

Consolidated version - Council Resolution 01/04/2022, Gazette Notice dated 29/04/22 combines Council’s originally made subordinate local law advertised 1/9/06 with all amendments made to date.

Local Law No. 3 (Administration) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/16
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Administration (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2016) - Council Resolution 15/09/2016, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No. 5) 2016 and effect date = 30/09/2016

Local Law No. 4 (Libraries) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/04
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 19/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Local Law No. 4 (Libraries) 2014). Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 4.1 (Libraries) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/04/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 4.1 (Libraries) 2014). Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Local Law No. 5 (Distribution of Business Advertising Publications and Touting) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/05
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 19/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Local Law No. 5 (Distribution of Business Advertising, Publications and Touting) 2014). Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 5.1 (Distribution of Business Advertising Publications and Touting) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/05/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 5.1 (Distribution of Business Advertising, Publications and Touting) 2014). Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Local Law No. 6 (Vegetation Management)

Reference No: LG222/365/06
Gazette Date: 18/12/1998

Local Law No. 6 (Vegetation Management)(PDF, 83KB)

Local Law No. 7 (Council Property) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/40
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 19/12/2008 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution 11/10/2019. Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 2) 2019 and effect date = 25/10/2019.

Subordinate Local Law No. 7.1 (Jetties and Boat Ramps) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/40/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 7.1 (Jetties and Boat Ramps) 2014). Council Resolution 11/10/2019, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 2) 2019 and effect date = 25/10/2019.

Subordinate Local Law No. 7.2 (Public Swimming Pool Complex) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/40/02/02
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 7.2 (Public Swimming Pool Complex) 2014). Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 7.3 (Use of Vehicles on Council Facilities) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/40/02/03
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 7.3 (Use of Vehicles on Council Facilities) 2014). Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 7.4 (Gold Coast Arts Centre) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/40/02/04
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 7.4 (Gold Coast Arts Centre) 2014). Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 7.5 (Public dive precincts) 2021

Reference No: LG222/365/40/02/05
Advert Date: 24/12/2021

Council Resolution 3/12/21, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No. 5) 2021 and effect date 24/12/2021

Local Law No. 8 (Public Health, Safety and Amenity) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/18
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law gazetted 19/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Public Health, Safety and Amenity (Amendment) Local Law (No. 1) 2016). Council Resolution 29/1/2016, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2016 and effect date = 19/2/2016.

Subordinate Local Law No. 8.1 (Public Health, Safety and Amenity) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/18/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Public Health, Safety and Amenity (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2016)). Council Resolution 29/1/2016, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2016 and effect date = 19/2/2016.

Local Law No. 9 (Parks and Reserves) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/09
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 19/12/2008 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution 25/7/2017, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 2) 2017 and effect date = 11/8/2017.

Subordinate Local Law No. 9.1 (Parks and Reserves) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/09/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Parks and Reserves (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2016. Council Resolution 06/09/2016, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 3) 2016 and effect date = 16/09/2016.

Subordinate Local Law No. 9.2 (Public Camping Areas) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/09/02/02
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Parks and Reserves (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No. 1) 2015. Council Resolution 11/12/2015, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 3) 2015 and effect date = 18/12/2015.

Local Law No. 10 (Bathing Reserves) 2004

Reference No: LG222/365/30
Gazette Date: 24/12/2004

Consolidated Version - (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 24/12/2004 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution 25/7/2017, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 2) 2017 and effect date = 11/8/2017.

Subordinate Local Law No. 10.1 (Bathing Reserves) 2005

Reference No: LG222/365/30/02/01
Gazette Date: 2/05/2014
Advert Date: 27/07/2005

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 27/07/2005 with all amendments made to date including Bathing Reserves (Amendment) Subordinate Local Law (No.1) 2016). Council Resolution 29/1/2016, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 2) 2016 and effect date = 19/2/2016.

Local Law No. 11 (Roads and Malls) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/11
Gazette Date: 26/03/2021

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 19/12/2008 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution 26/3/2021, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No. 1) 2021 and effect date = 26/3/2021.

Subordinate Local Law No. 11.1 (Interference with a Road) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/11/02/01
Advert Date: 26/03/2021

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 11.1 (Interference with a Road) 2014. Council Resolution 26/3/2021, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No. 1) 2021 and effect date = 26/3/2021.

Subordinate Local Law No. 11.2 (Roadside Dining) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/11/02/02
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 11.2 (Roadside Dining) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 11.3 (Roadside Vending) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/11/02/03
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 11.3 (Roadside Vending) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 11.4 (Busking) 2014

Reference No: LG222/36//11/02/04
Gazette Date: 2/05/2014

Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Local Law No. 12 (Animal Management) 2013

Reference No: LG222/365/12
Gazette Date: 25/08/2023

Consolidated version (combines Council’s originally made law gazetted 5 April 2013 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution to adopt consolidated version 25 July 2023, Gazette Notice 25 August 2023.

Local Law No.12 (Animal Management) 2013(PDF, 314KB)

Website Public Notice (No.1) 2023(PDF, 71KB)

Subordinate Local Law No. 12.1 (Animal Management) 2013

Reference No: LG222/365/12/02/01
Gazette Date: 25/08/2023

Consolidated Version (combines Council’s originally made law gazetted 5 April 2013 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution to adopt consolidated version 25 July 2023, Gazette Notice 25 August 2023.

Subordinate Local Law No.12.1 (Animal Management) 2013(PDF, 2MB)

Website Public Notice (No.1) 2023(PDF, 71KB)

Local Law No. 13 (Cemeteries) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/27
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 19/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Local Law No. 13 (Cemeteries) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 13.1 (Cemeteries) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/27/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 13.1 (Cemeteries) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Local Law No. 15 (On-Site Sewerage Facility) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/42
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Local Law No. 15 (On-Site Sewerage Facility) 2008(PDF, 198KB)

Subordinate Local Law No. 15.1 (On-site Sewerage Facility) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/42/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Subordinate Local Law No. 15.1 (On-site Sewerage Facility) 2008(PDF, 127KB)

Local Law No. 16 (Licensing) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17
Gazette Date: 19/12/2008

Last updated: 7 June 2024

Consolidated version (combines Council’s originally made law gazetted 19 December 2008 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution to adopt consolidated version 28 May 2024.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.1 (Rental Accommodation) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/01
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 16.1 (Rental Accommodation) 2014 Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.2 (Swimming Pools) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/09
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 16.2 (Swimming Pools) 2014. Council Resolution 12/10/2021, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 3) 2021 and effect date = 29/10/2021.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.3 (Entertainment Venues) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/03
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 16.3 (Entertainment Venues) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014/.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.4 (Film Production) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/04
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 16.4 (Film Production) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.5 (Aircraft Operations from Premises Owned by a Person) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/05
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 16.5 (Aircraft Operations from Premises Owned by a Person) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.6 (Camping Areas) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/10
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 16.6 (Camping Areas) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.7 (Saleyards) 2008

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/07
Advert Date: 20/12/2008

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law advertised 20/12/2008 with all amendments made to date including Amending Subordinate Local Law No. 16.7 (Saleyards) 2014. Council Resolution 4/4/2014, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 1) 2014 and effect date = 2/5/2014.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.8 (Advertising Devices) 2016

Reference No: LG222/365/17/02/08
Gazette Date: 30/09/2016

Council Resolution 15/09/2016, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No. 4) 2016 and effect date = 30/09/2016.

Should your advertising device (sign) be on or over a State-Controlled road, please refer to Council's management document prior to displaying the sign.

Subordinate Local Law No. 16.9 (Amplified Music Venues) 2022

Local Law No.17 (Maintenance of Works in Waterway Areas) 2013

Reference No: LG222/365/48
Advert Date: 5/07/2013

Council Resolution 11 June 2013, Gazette Notice and advertised on 5/7/2013.

Local Law No. 17 (Maintenance of Works in Waterway Areas) 2013(PDF, 272KB)

More information

Local Law No. 17 requires a seller of a property affected by the local law to include special conditions in the contract of sale specifying certain matters about the operation of the local law.

Section 15(2) of Local Law No.17 states that a buyer has a right to terminate the contract if the seller does not comply with this requirement. This right no longer applies following State Government legislation.

Since 5 June 2017 a buyer no longer has a right to terminate a contract for the seller's failure to comply with this requirement. However, a buyer may still have a right of termination in respect of a pre-5 June 2017 contract. See detailed Information Sheet, Public Guide and Contract Disclosure Obligation information linked below.

Subordinate Local Law No. 17.1 (Works in Non-Coastal Waterway Areas) 2013

Reference No: LG222/365/48/02/01
Advert Date: 5/07/2013

Council Resolution 11 June 2013, Gazette and advertised on 5/7/2013.

Subordinate Local Law No. 17.1 (Works in Non-Coastal Waterway Areas) 2013(PDF, 142KB)

Local Law No. 19 (Control of Party House Noise) 2013

Reference No: LG222/365/50
Gazette Date: 19/04/2013

Council Resolution 26 March 2013, Gazette Notice 19/4/13.

Local Law No. 19 (Control of Party House Noise) 2013(PDF, 177KB)

Website Notice (No.1) 2013 published on 19/04/13 for the making of Local Law No. 19 (Control of Party House Noise) 2013.

Website Public Notice (No.1) 2013(PDF, 130KB)

Local Law No. 20 (Waste Management)

Reference No: LG222/365/51
Gazette Date: 16/06/2017

o Council Resolution 23/11/21, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No. 4) 2021 and effect date 10/12/21.

Local Law No. 21 (Major City Events) 2017

Reference No: LG222/365/52
Gazette Date: 11/08/2017

Council Resolution 25/7/17, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 2) 2017 and effect date = 11/8/2017.

Subordinate Local Law No. 21.1 (Major City Events) 2017

Reference No: LG222/365/52/02/01
Gazette Date: 29/09/2017

Council Resolution 15/9/17, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 3) 2017 and effect date = 29/9/2017

Local Law No. 44 (Heavy Vehicle Parking) 2007

Reference No: LG222/365/45
Gazette Date: 23/03/2007

Consolidated Version – (combines Council's originally made law Gazetted 23/3/2007 with all amendments made to date). Council Resolution 25/7/2017, Gazette Notice, Website Public Notice (No 2) 2017 and effect date = 11/8/2017.