Local Laws

A local government has the legislative power to make local laws under sections 3.5 – 3.10 of the Local Government Act 1995 and Regulations 37 and 38 of the Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996 for the good government of its district. These local laws can only apply to the district in which the local government has power to govern.

Local Laws can only be made when authorised by the Local Government Act 1995 or other written laws but cannot be inconsistent with any State or Federal law. The types of laws made by local governments cover areas such as car parking, activities on thoroughfares, public places and council and committee meetings.

Local laws are defined as subsidiary legislation which are capable of disallowance by either House of Parliament under section 42 of the Interpretation Act 1984. Disallowance is the device by which the Parliament maintains control of the power to make subsidiary legislation that it has delegated, by primary legislation (Acts of Parliament), to local governments, State Departments and other agencies of Government. In the case of local governments, this power is granted by the Local Government Act 1995 and other particular Acts such as the Health Act 1911 and the Dog Act 1976.

​Name of Local Law ​Date of Gazettal ​Purpose of Local Law ​Next Review Due ​Comments
Activities in Thoroughfares and Public Places and Trading Local Law 2017 27 September 2017 ​To contain within one law all local laws regulating activities on thoroughfares and public places, and to regulate trading. ​2025  
​Animals, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2012 Adopted
​18 January 2013
​To provide for the regulation, control and management of animals (incl. cats, birds, bees, farm animals and livestock) and the prevention of environmental damage and nuisances within the City. ​18 Jan 2021 ​Recent update enabled the repeal of the Bee Keeping Local Law in 2017
​Bush Fire Brigades Local Law 2018 ​3 April 2018 ​To provide for the organisation, establishment, maintenance and equipment of bush fire brigades. ​2026
​Cemeteries Local Law 2017 13 September 2017 ​To provide for the orderly management of the cemeteries in accordance with established plans, and to create offences for inappropriate behaviour within the cemetery grounds. ​13 March 2025  
​Dogs Local Law 2019 Gazetted 29 April 2019 ​Impounding of dogs, requirements and limitations on keeping of dogs, approved kennel establishments and enforcement provisions. 2027  

Fencing Local Law 2018 (Consolidated) 

​03 April 2018

​To provide rules as to acceptable fencing practices throughout the district. ​2026
Health Local Law 2012 Adopted
​18 Jan 2013
​To provide for the regulation, control and management of day to day public health matters within the Shire of Roebourne and incudes the following areas of sanitation; housing; waste; nuisances; pest control; infectious diseases; lodging houses; offensive trades ​1 Jan 2021
Local Government Property Local Law 2003 ​Adopted
16 Jun 2003
​To provide for the regulation, control, management and use of public property. ​1 Jun 2011  

​Parking and Parking Facilities Local Law 2019


​To constitute a parking region, establish controls and enable the local government to regulate the parking of vehicles within the parking region. ​2027
​Standing Orders Local Law 2018

16 Apr 2018

Gazetted: 3 May 2018

​To provide the rules of how Council’s meeting are to be conducted, the order of business, procedures to be followed, rules of debate, casting votes, etc. ​24 Mar 2026  

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