Hobsons Bay City Council - Local laws & complaints

Local laws & complaints

The Local Government Act gives Council the power to make local laws.

The Meeting Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2015(PDF, 165KB) governs Council's meeting procedures. Its purpose is to:

  • facilitate the good government of Council through its formal meeting procedure to ensure effective and efficient decisions are made
  • regulate and control the procedures governing the conduct of meetings
  • regulate the use of the common seal and prohibit its unauthorised use
  • provide generally for the peace, order and good management of Hobsons Bay

The Community Local Law(PDF, 418KB) has been developed to:

  • provide a safe and healthy environment
  • prohibit, regulate and control activities which may be dangerous, unsafe or detrimental to the quality of life in Hobsons Bay
  • prohibit behaviour which may be a nuisance or detrimental to health and safety
  • control nuisances and noise, odour and smoke emissions, and other discharges to the environment which may adversely affect the enjoyment of life, health, safety and welfare of persons within Hobsons Bay

More information about common infringements is available via the links below. Depending upon the nature of the offence, penalties of up to $2000 may apply.

Any person who receives an infringement notice or anyone on their behalf (provided a signed consent to act is received) can appeal. Download the infringement appeal form or complete the online 'Contesting a Fine' form.

Nature strip landscaping guidelines

How you can landscape your nature strip

Alcohol & tobacco restrictions

The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in some areas of Hobsons Bay.

Fires, burning off & smoke

Burning off of any type is not permitted unless a permit is issued by Council.

Hoon & trail bike hotline

The police have implemented a Hoon Hotline which is supported by the Hobsons Bay Community Safety Taskforce.

Litter, rubbish & graffiti

Offences for vandalising property and illegally dumping rubbish.


It is an offence to create unreasonable noise that is detrimental to the amenity of the area or offends others.


Council can remove any vehicle that has been abandoned in the street or parked on Council owned land.

Contesting a fine

The internal review process can take up to 90 days

Meeting Procedure & Common Seal Local Law

Notice is given that Council intends to make a local law to be known as Meeting Procedure and Common Seal Local Law 2015