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Local laws

Our local laws and rules are designed to protect our community by setting out how Council should be run, and protecting our residents' behaviour that threatens public safety and community amenity. They only apply to Mitchell Shire.

Governance Rules

The purpose of these rules is to provide fair and consistent procedures that must be followed by Councillors. The Governance rules outline procedures relating to:

  • the conduct of Council meetings
  • the conduct of meetings of delegated committees
  • the election of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and appointment of an Acting Mayor
  • Council’s Election Period Policy
  • conflict of interest procedures for Councillors, Council staff and members of a delegated committee.

Local Law No. 1 Community and Environment

Local Law 1 is in place so we can respond to issues and community needs and:

  • provide for the peace, order and wellbeing of people in the municipal district by enhancing public safety and community amenity
  • provide for the safe and equitable use and enjoyment of public places
  • protect and enhance the environment and amenity of the municipality
  • regulate and control activities and behaviours which may be regarded as dangerous, unsafe or detrimental
  • allow uniform and fair administration of this Local Law.

Read Local Law No. 1 Community and Environment 2013 below.

Local Law No. 1 outlines permits and procedures required for cleaning up after your animals, taking livestock onto roads as well as:

Permits issued under the Local Law

Infringement process

See our infringement process for information on:

  • paying for an infringement
  • asking for an extension or payment plan
  • appealing an infringement
  • failing to pay and infringement on time.

Disputes with neighbours

We can help with barking dogs.

Council is not responsible for intervening in disputes between neighbours about trees or fences. You can find helpful information about these issues at Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria.

Noise complaints

If you have a noise complaint you can seek assistance from Council or police.

Contact the police on 000 if your issue is late night noise such as parties, or issues where noisy neighbours may also be threatening.

Council may be able to assist with long-term issues, machine or animal noise. You can make a noise complaint using our report an issue or incident form. Please note that to investigate a noise complaint, we require all your contact information.

For more information on noise complaints, read the Environment Protection Authority brochure 'Annoyed by noise? A guide to dealing with residential noise' (download below).

Occupying a Temporary Dwelling

If you are planning on staying in a caravan on private land, you will need a permit.

Apply for a Permit to temporarily occupy a caravan or temporary dwelling

To apply:

  • complete a Permit application for a camping & Temporary dwelling permit (download below)
  • pay the relevant fee, an invoice can be emailed to you on request
  • supply proof of your public liability insurance for $10 million covering Council
  • provide additional information requested on the application form
  • email the documents to mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au, post to Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street, Broadford VIC 3658, or deliver in person at any of our Customer and Library Service Centres.

Camping on Council land

Mitchell Shire Council does not have approved camping areas on Council land, to find nearby approved campgrounds visit the Parks Victoria or Visit Victoria websites.

On some occasions Council approves camping as part of an event of festival. In these cases, a permit is required.

Apply for a Permit to camp on Council land as part of a festival or event

To apply:

  • complete a Permit application for a camping & Temporary dwelling permit (download below)
  • pay the relevant fee, an invoice can be emailed to you on request
  • supply proof of your public liability insurance for $10 million covering Council
  • provide additional information requested on the application form
  • email the documents to mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au, post to Mitchell Shire Council, 113 High Street, Broadford VIC 3658, or deliver in person at any of our Customer and Library Service Centres.

Other types of permits

Council issues other permits that do not fall under our local laws:

If you are planning to hold an event in Mitchell Shire, please see the organising an event page.

This page was last updated on 31 August 2020.