Information about local laws

Under the City of Brisbane Act 2010, 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.

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 Queensland Government's Local Laws Database.

Visit Council to get copies of local laws. Price is available on application. Allow five working days for this service.

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