Under the Local Government Act 2009, the City of Gold Coast (City) has powers to make and enforce local laws. Our local laws reflect community needs to ensure safety, harmony and good rule. They govern such things as parking, swimming pools, meetings, business advertising and animal management.
The process for making local laws was established and resolved by Council in 2016 (Council resolution GA16.0303.019).
The City undertook a review of its local laws and, at a Council meeting conducted on 4 April 2014, resolved to make amendments to the majority of its local laws.
Under the Local Government Act 2009, the City is required to have a register of all local laws and subordinate local laws. The Register of Local Laws lists all of the City's local laws and subordinate local laws, including amendments to existing local laws and subordinate local laws, and repealed local laws and subordinate local laws.
The commencement/effect date for the City's local laws and subordinate local laws made in 2011 under the Local Government Act 2009 is the date the Gazette Notice appears in the Local Government Gazette Publication.
However, for laws made under the previous Local Government Act 1993 (i.e. prior to 2011), the Gazette date applies only to local laws and refers to the date the local laws took effect. For subordinate local laws made under the Local Government Act 1993 (i.e. prior to 2011), the commencement/effect date is the date an advertisement was published in the local newspaper.
When a change to an existing local law, or a new local law, is proposed, a period of formal community consultation on the proposed change takes place. You can check if any local laws are open for community consultation by visiting our Community engagement page.