Local Laws govern most of Council's roles and responsibilities including parking, swimming pools, advertising signage, animal control, outdoor dining, overgrown allotments, pests and weeds, and nuisances such as noise and dust.
The Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning's online Local Laws Database is the reference source for all Local Laws and Subordinate Local Laws.
Council commenced a review of Local Laws in June 2013, with the aim to create greater clarity and reflect current community expectations. Over 1000 responses were received on issues including advertising, keeping of animals, camping, parking, roadside vehicle sales, roadside vending and smoking in public places.
The Local Laws and Subordinate Local Laws below were adopted on 27 January 2016 and commenced on 1 March 2016.
Local Laws (commenced 1 March 2016)
Local Law No. 1 Administration (5.3 MB)
Local Law covering Council operations
Local Law No. 2 Animal Management (208.5 KB)
Local Law covering issues such as barking dogs, keeping of cats and noisy birds, and companion animals.
Subordinate Local Law No. 2 Animal Management (5.7 MB)
Further information on Animal Management including breeding of animals and dog off-leash areas. Note, this subordinate law is divided into two documents.
Local Law No. 3 Community and Environment (167.1 KB)
Local law covering issues such as waste and recycling, declared pest species and overgrown or unsightly properties.
Subordinate Local Law No. 3 Community and Environment (113.5 KB)
Further details to Local Law 3, covering issues such as shopping trolleys, noise standards and lighting fires.
Local Law No. 4 Advertising Devices (113.1 KB)
Local law setting standards for advertising signs and other devices including types of advertising that are not permitted.
Local Law No. 5, Temporary Homes (81.3 KB)
Local law defining "temporary homes" and the rules around these premises.
Local Law No. 6 Camping Grounds, Caravan Parks and Shared Facilities Acommodation (121.1 KB)
Local law governing venues such as caravan parks and shared accommodation.
Local Law No. 7 Human Remains and Cemeteries (114.6 KB)
Local law specifying how to bury or inter deceased people and regulations associated with the discovery of remains outside a declared cemetery.
Local Law No. 8 Swimming Pools (81.8 KB)
Local Laws specifying requirements on public swimming pools.
Local Law No. 9 Temporary Entertainment Events (97.0 KB)
Local law stating requirements on people staging temporary entertainment events and defining the kind of events that are self-assessable.
Local Law No.10 Cane Railways (78.6 KB)
Local law specifying the operation of cane railways to ensure safety.
Local Law No. 11 Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads (197.2 KB)
Local law governing activities on roads and road reserves including mobile vending, planting and maintaining vegetation, footpath dining and public assembly.
Subordinate Local Law No. 11 Local Government Controlled Areas and Roads (735.8 KB)
Subordinate law detailing issues such as camping, permitted activities in public parks and drainage reserves, touting and regulation around intoxicating liquor.
Local Law No. 12 Parking (89.0 KB)
Local law detailing permitted and prohibited parking in Cairns and the associated penalties and enforcement process.
Subordinate Local Law No. 12 Parking 2016 (7.9 MB)
Local law clearly defining Council's off-street car parks and parking fine types and amounts.
Local Law No. 13 Bathing Reserves and Foreshores (118.8 KB)
Local law regulating safety of supervised swimming areas.
Subordinate Local Law 13, Bathing Reserves and Foreshores (85.2 KB)
Local law specifically on prohibited activities and equipment in bathing reserves.
Local Law No. 14 Town Water (103.6 KB)
Local law governing, among other things, installation and inspection of water meters, disputes over water readings, and obligations to prevent water loss or leakage.