Information about local laws

Under the Local Government Act, Brisbane City Council has the authority to make and enforce local laws. Council is also responsible for enforcing some state government legislated laws.

Enforcement actions depend on the degree of non-compliance.

Prosecution Policy

Sometimes Council will take prosecution action. This is guided by the principles outlined in Council’s Prosecution Policy.

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Compliance and Regulatory Services

Council officers are responsible for enforcing local laws including:

If you break a local law you may have to pay a fine. You can pay your fines online.

Officers are also responsible for enforcing both state legislation and local laws covering areas including:

  • signage
  • food hygiene
  • footpath dining
  • illegal use of premises
  • footway permits
  • building
  • refuse control

According to some laws, certain individual or business activities require a permit or licence. 

More information

A full list of Council's local laws is available from the Local Laws Database - Department of Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience.

Visit Council to get copies of local laws. Fees are $0.36 a page or $0.62 for a double page.