Summer is almost here and so are summertime restrictions, here’s what you need to know.

Our foreshore and parks continue to be some of the most popular summer destinations in Victoria. To manage the yearly influx of visitors, we introduced a range of annual restrictions that run from 1 November to 31 March. These restrictions help us keep our community safe and provide a coordinated response to minimise anti-social behaviour and the negative impacts of large crowds. 

It’s important for you to know where and when restrictions apply so that you can play your part in keeping our City safe, clean and fun for everyone and avoid incurring any penalties that may dampen the summer fun.  

The summer restrictions include: 

  • Alcohol bans – We have a range of alcohol bans in place across the City. Apart from the year-round alcohol bans, we also have St Kilda foreshore (1 November to 31 March), public holiday and event-specific bans.
  • Glass ban – We have a year-round glass ban, which means glass of any kind is not allowed along the entire Port Phillip foreshore spanning from Elwood to Port Melbourne. To keep our foreshore safe and glass-free, we ask that you leave all glass at home. 
  • Dog restrictions– Dog off-leash areas change between 1 November and 31 March, especially on our beaches. There are also restrictions against letting dogs wander at large and not picking up after them. 
  • No camping - Camping is not allowed on any Council land or public space, in any vehicle, tent, caravan or any other form of temporary accommodation.  

Note: Restrictions will be enforced all summer long by Victoria Police, Local Law and Animal Management officers and non-compliance can result in the confiscation of prohibited items and fines of between $192 and $385. 

There are a range of signs about these restrictions located in key areas across the City, to help you identify where and when they apply.

Over summer you can also play your part by helping keep our beaches and parks clean and looking after yourself and others. Remember to:

  • dispose of rubbish responsibly 
  • be sun smart when you’re enjoying the outdoors 
  • take steps to beat the heat 
  • stay water safe when swimming in our beautiful bay.  

Don’t worry, it’s not all rules and restrictions this summer. There are some amazing activities and events coming too. Make sure you check our What’s On page and follow us on social media to stay up to date on all the latest events. You might also want to mark 17 and 18 February 2024 on your calendar for St Kilda Festival which will offer an epic weekend of programming. 

For more information about the summer restrictions and for some handy summer tips, check out our Play Your Part webpage.