Local Laws and enforcement

Our Local Laws outline what is and isn’t allowed on Council land, roads and streets. They also explain how council meetings are run.
  • From 12 midday Tuesday 22 September to 6 pm Sunday 24 October, the City of Port Phillip will enter into the Election Period for the Council Elections.

    You can still contact us during this period and we’ll resume regular operation on Monday 26 October.

If you have received a Local Laws Infringement, refer to the Local Laws Infringement page for more information.

The Local Government Act 1989 (Victoria) enables local councils to develop local laws regarding a range of community issues, such as alcohol bans and glass bans.

City of Port Phillip - Local Law No. 1 (Community Amenity) 2013

The City Of Port Phillip's Local Law No 1 (Community Amenity) 2013 outlines Council’s position and ongoing management of activities so as to manage and protect the safety and amenity of our Community.

Local Law No. 1 (Community Amenity) came into effect on 1 September 2013. It operates throughout the whole municipal district and ceases to operate on 31 August 2023, and includes recent amendments adopted as of the 13 December 2018.

The Local Law and Procedure and Protocols Manual:

Incorporated documents:

Local Laws infringement notices

You can pay Local Laws infringement notices online.

For more information about your options once you have received a Local Laws Infringement, including how to appeal and infringement refer to the Local Laws Infringement page.

Local Law No. 2 (Meeting Procedure) 2019

The objectives of the Meeting Procedure Local Law are to:

  • Provide clarity around the role and responsibilities of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors and Council as a whole.
  • Ensure all Councillors understand their rights and obligations as participants in meetings of Council and understand the procedures required for raising matters for consideration by Council.
  • Ensure proceedings of and decision making by Council are transparent and understandable to all people who wish to participate in and observe meetings of Council.
  • Ensure participation in proceedings is accessible and balanced with Council’s primary decision making role.
  • Ensure proceedings and decision making are conducted according to the principles of procedural fairness and good governance.
  • Ensure proceedings and decision making occur in a safe and respectful environment and provides an equal opportunity for all to participate, with respect being accorded to the expression of differing views.
  • Create an environment that enables staff to provide high quality, frank and fearless advice to Council.
  • Ensure that proceedings and decision making are conducted in a consistent, efficient and effective manner.
  • Regulate the use and control of the Common Seal.
  • Revoke Council’s Meeting Procedure Local Law Number 2/2009.

A copy of the Meeting Procedure Local Law 2/2019 can be found here: Meeting Procedure Local Law 2/2019 (15.2 MB).

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