List of Local Laws

Under the Local Government Act 1989, Council has the authority to create and enforce local laws. 

Local laws are intended to protect public health, safety and amenity throughout the municipality.  They are made in consultation with the community, to deal with local issues and to meet local needs. 

Council’s local laws include offence provisions and a breach may result in the imposition of a penalty, fine and/or prosecution.

Frankston City currently has four local laws.  The current (consolidated) version of each local law can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Governance Local Law

Governance Local Law No. 1 of 2018 came into effect on 2 November 2018.

The objectives of this local law are to provide for the orderly, efficient and equitable conduct of Council meetings, the election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, and the use of Council’s common seal. 

The Local Law provides procedures for Council meetings including notice and agendas, quorums, business of meetings, motions and debate, procedural motions, amendments, rescission motions, points of order, public participation, voting at meetings, keeping of minutes, addressing a meeting and behaviour at meetings. It also deals with election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, use of Council’s common seal, and sets penalties for breach of certain provisions.

General Local Law 2016

General Local Law 2016 - No. 8 came into effect on 23 September 2016.   

The purpose of the Local Law is to regulate peace, order and good government of the municipality, a safe and healthy environment so that the community within the municipality can enjoy a quality of life that meets its expectations, the safe and fair use and enjoyment of public places, the protection and enhancement of the amenity and environment of the municipality, the fair and reasonable use and enjoyment of private land; and the uniform and fair administration of this Local Law.

Council is currently seeking feedback from the community about a proposal to revoke the General Local Law 2016, and to replace it with a new Community Local Law 2020.

Proposed Community Local Law 2020

The draft Community Local Law 2020 can be accessed here:

Any person can make a submission about the draft Community Local Law. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 24 June 2020. Further information about the proposed local law, and about the process for making a submission, can be accessed here:

Tree Protection Local Law 2016

Tree Protection Local Law 2016 No. 22 came into effect on 8 April 2016.

The objectives of this local law are to protect trees (as defined for the purpose of the local law) growing in the municipal district; to require a minimum standard of tree pruning for the protection of trees and public safety; to provide for the peace, order and good government of the municipal district; and to protect and enhance the amenity and environment of the municipal district.

Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law 2020

The Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law 2020 came into operation on 10 April 2020.

The purpose of the Local Law is to regulate and control the use of short stay rental accommodation within the Council’s municipal district; ensure an appropriate standard of management and presentation of such accommodation; minimise the risk of such accommodation affecting the peace of neighbours; and implement a registration requirement.

Copies of Local Laws

Copies of Council’s local laws are available for inspection at Council’s Civic Centre and other service centres during office hours.  Copies are also available upon request.

Contact Us

Governance Local Law
Enquiries about the application of Governance Local Law, or about the process for making or amending a local law, should be directed to Council’s Governance team.
P. 1300 322 322.

General Local Law, Tree Protection Law and Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law
Enquiries regarding the application, administration and enforcement of the General Local Law, the Tree Protection Law or the Short Stay Rental Accommodation Local Law should be directed to Council’s Compliance and Safety team.
P. 03 9784 1917

Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199

P. 1300 322 322
E. correspondence@frankston.vic.gov.au

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