Local laws

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.

Following a review of Local Laws, in 2012 Council introduced six new Local Laws and Subordinate Local Laws to replace most of the laws of the former Cairns City Council and Douglas Shire Council. The existing Local Laws for advertising and outdoor dining continue. 

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.

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Continuing Local Laws

Local Law No. 59 (Commercial Use of Roads) (109.5 KB)

This local law regulates soliciting of business on roads and regulates the use of roads for the conduct of business. 

Local Law No.28 (Control of Advertising) (41.5 KB)

This local law regulates and manages advertisements, signs and associated structures that are visible from a road or other public place. 

Local Law Policy No. 6 (Control of Advertising) (295.5 KB)

This local law policy provides detailed information and is to be read with Local Law No. 28 (Control of Advertising). 

Subordinate Local Law No. 59 (Commercial Use of Roads) (97.5 KB)

This subordinate local law supports Local Law No. 59 (Commercial Use of Roads) 2002. 

Local Laws and Subordinate Laws 1-6

1. Local Law No.1 (Administration) (339.7 KB)

This law provides a legal and procedural framework for administering, implementing and enforcing Council's local laws, subordinate local laws and specified regulatory powers under legislation. It also provides for miscellaneous administrative matters. 

1. Subordinate Local Law No. 1 (Administration) (552.7 KB)

This subordinate local law supplements Local Law No. 1 (Administration) 2011. 

2. Local Law No.2 (Animal Management) (312.8 KB)

This local law regulates and manages the keeping and control of animals in the Cairns Regional Council area. 

2. Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) (235.7 KB)

This subordinate local law supplements Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011. 

2. Subordinate Local Law No.2 Schedule 6 – Register for Prohibition of Animals in Public Places (4.7 MB)

List and maps showing public areas within Cairns Regional Council local government area where animals are prohibited. 

2. Subordinate Local Law No.2 Schedule 7 – Register for Dog Off-leash Areas (1.6 MB)

List and maps showing dog off-leash areas within Cairns Regional Council local government area. 

3. Local Law No.3 (Community and Environmental Management) (237.7 KB)

This local law protects the environment and public health, safety and amenity within the Cairns Regional Council area. 

3. Subordinate Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environmental Management) (219.1 KB)

This subordinate local law supplements Local Law No. 3 (Community and Environment Management) 2011. 

3. Subordinate Local Law No. 3 Schedule 1 - Register of declared pest, plant and animal (63.6 KB)

This Schedule provides a list of declared pests, plants and animals. 

4. Local Law No.4 (Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads) (165.2 KB)

This local law protects the health and safety of persons using local government controlled land, facilities, infrastructure and roads; and preserves features of the natural and built environment and other aspects of the amenity of Council's controlled land, facilities, infrastructure and roads. 

4. Subordinate Local Law No. 4 (259.4 KB)

This subordinate local law supplements Local Law No.4 (Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Roads) 2011. 

4. Subordinate Local Law No.4 - Register of Parks (593.3 KB)

Register of parks, drainage reserves and natural areas relevant to Local Law No 4 and Subordinate Local Law No 4. 

5. Local Law No.5 (Parking) (93.3 KB)

This local law provides for traffic areas and off-street regulated parking areas; loading zones for commercial vehicles; and infringement notice penalties for minor traffic offences within the Cairns Regional Council area. 

5. Subordinate Local Law No. 5 (Parking) (2.9 MB)

This subordinate local law supplements Local Law No. 5 (Parking) 2011. 

6. Local Law No.6 (Bathing Reserves) (198.0 KB)

This local law enhances the public safety and convenience of bathing reserves within the Cairns Regional Council area, through orderly management and regulation of activities within these reserves. 

6. Subordinate Local Law No. 6 (Bathing Reserves) (130.9 KB)

This subordinate local law supplements Local Law No. 6 (Bathing Reserves) 2010.