Local Laws

In terms of the Local Government Act 1995 (WA) a local government may make local laws prescribing all matters that are required or permitted to be prescribed by a local law, or are necessary or convenient to be so prescribed, for the local government to perform any of its functions under this Act.

The main objectives of the City of Busselton’s local laws are to provide for -

  • the peace, order and good governance of the municipality;
  • a safe and healthy environment so that the community can enjoy a quality of life that meets its expectations;
  • the safe, orderly and fair use and enjoyment of public places and facilities;
  • the protection and enhancement of the amenity and environment of the municipality;
  • the protection of assets vested in Council; and
  • Governance systems that deliver responsible, ethical and accountable decision making

If you require any further information in relation to Local Laws for the City of Busselton please contact Jennifer Libby-Jackson, FOI/ Legal Administration Officer, on (08) 9781 1703 or jennifer.libby-jackson@busselton.wa.gov.au

The following is a list of the current Local Laws for the City of Busselton

Please note:

  • The information contained on this site may not be an official gazetted version of any local law and is therefore intended for unofficial information purposes only;
  • Copies of any of the City’s local laws may be inspected or obtained from the City of Busselton Administration Office, 2 Southern Drive, Busselton WA 6280

Airport Local Law

Purpose: To provide for the regulation, control and management of the Busselton Regional Airport.

Effect: To establish the requirements relating to regulation, control and management of the Busselton Regional Airport


Cats Local Law Consolidated

Purpose: To repeal the Shire of Busselton Local Law relating to the Keeping and Welfare of Cats and to provide Council under the proposed City of Busselton Keeping and Control of Cats Local Law 2013 with measures in addition to those under the Cat Act 2011 to control the keeping of cats.

Effect: To control the number of cats that can be kept and places where cats can be kept.


Cemeteries Local Law - Consolidated

Purpose: To repeal Busselton Cemeteries By-Law and to extend to the Council the control which exists under the Cemeteries Act 1986 over the cemeteries vested under the care, control and management of the City of Busselton.

Effect: To provide the Council, in respect of the cemeteries vested under the care, control and management of the City of Busselton, with controls and regulatory measures for prescribing the areas set aside for burials and placement of ashes, types of memorials permitted in different areas of the cemeteries, specifications and materials for memorials, licencing of monumental masons and management of funerals and burials. Offences are created for non-compliance with certain provisions of the local law.

Dogs Local Law - Consolidated

Purpose: To repeal the Shire of Busselton Dog Bylaws 1991 and to extend to Council the controls over dogs which exist under the Dog Act 1976.

Effect: To provide Council with controls and regulatory measures in relation to impounding of dogs, the number of dogs that can be kept, establishment of approved kennels and the manner in which dogs are to be confined by the occupier of a premises. Offences are created for allowing a dog to excrete on specified areas (unless the excreta are removed) and for non-compliance with certain other provisions of the local law.


Dust and Building Waste Control Local Law

Purpose: To provide for the regulation, control and management of dust, sand drift, rubbish and litter, on building sites, extractive industries and subdivisions on land within the district so as to protect the amenity of the district.

Effect: To establish the requirements relating to dust, sand drift, rubbish and litter control on building sites, extractive industries and subdivisions on land within the district


Health Local Law

Purpose: To provide for current and effective local heal laws in regard to the administration and control of health standards and conditions within the Shire of Busselton.

Effect:  The Health by-law 1997 has effect in regard to the control of the following: Sanitation; Housing: Waste Food and Refuse; Nuisances; pest Control; Infectious Disease; Food Premises; Lodging Houses; and Offensive Trade.


Holiday Homes Local Law

Purpose: To provide measures for regulating the registration and management of holiday homes within the Shire of Busselton to complement planning controls.

Effect: Regulating the registration and management of holiday homes within the Shire of Busselton on an ongoing and day to day basis.


Jetties Local Law - Consolidated

Purpose: To regulate the care, control and management of the Busselton Jetty and swimming jetty and the waters within Lot 350, Busselton.

Effect: To control the use of and behaviour on the Busselton Jetty and swimming jetty and the waters within Lot 350, Busselton. Written approval from the local government is required for certain activities and some activities are restricted or prohibited. Offences are created for non-compliance with certain provisions. The local government may close the jetties or sections thereof under certain circumstances.


Parking Local Law

Purpose: to regulate and control the movement and parking of vehicles throughout the district.

Effect: to provide a well-regulated parking environment for all persons in the district.


Property Local Law - Consolidated

Purpose: To regulate the care, control and management of all property of the local government except thoroughfares.

Effect: To control the use of local government property. Some activities are permitted only under a permit or under a determination and some activities are restricted or prohibited. Offences are created for inappropriate behaviour in or on local government property.


Standing Orders Local Law

Purpose: To provide the rules and guidelines which apply to the conduct of meetings of the Council and its committees.

Effect: To ensure better decision-making by the Council and committees; the orderly conduct of meetings dealing with Council business; better understanding of the process of conducting meetings; and the more efficient and effective use of time at meetings.


Thoroughfares Local Law

Purpose: To consolidate and make one law relating to activities in thoroughfares and trading in thoroughfares and public places.

Effect:  Some activities are prohibited and some activities are permitted only under permit on thoroughfares and public places.


Waste Local Law - Consolidated

Purpose: The purpose of the local law is to provide for the regulation, control and management of activities and issues relating to waste collection, recycling, reuse and disposal within the district.

Effect: The effect of the local law is to control activities and manage influences on waste collection, recycling, reuse and disposal within the district.