Local Laws

Local laws and regulations

Ararat Rural City Council currently has two Local Laws in effect (adopted by Council on 17 April 2012).

  • Governance Local Law, and
  • General Local Law

Two documents incorporated by reference in the Local Laws are as follows:

  • Meeting Procedures
  • Local Laws Infringement Notices, Permits and Fees.

The Local Laws and Documents incorporated by reference can be downloaded from the Related Publications area on the right hand side.

After hours contact details for response to emergencies

The following details are for Infrastructure (Depot) staff including Local Laws for the response to emergencies that are a danger to public safety such as but not limited to:-

  • Oil spills on roads, storm damage to roads from water and trees over roads
  • Blocked drains during storms
  • Vandalism or accident damage to road signs and council buildings
  • Animal Control for dog attacks and wandering stock on roads

At 5.15pm Council's telephone system is switched over to automated attendant operation.

The caller may ring the normal Council everyday number 03 5355 0200 where they will receive recorded instructions as to the particular inquiry and to:

  • Press (2) for Depot staff - oil spills, trees over roads etc
  • Press (3) for Animal Control - dog attacks, stock on roads
  • Press (4) to leave a message for a non-emergency that will be attended to on the next working day


Notice of Adopted Amendment to General Local Law 2012

Notice is given that at the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 25 June 2019, Council made an amendment to its General Local Law 2012.

The purpose of the amendment to the Local Law is to address the conflict between the proposed permit system and existing local law as it pertains to Green Hill Lake, but also to be flexible enough to accommodate similar activities currently undertaken at other Ararat Rural City Council assets.   The wording of the amendment is as follows:

 32. Camping

(1) A person must not, without a permit, camp in, occupy or leave a tent, swag, motor vehicle, campervan or trailer, caravan, motorhome or any other temporary or makeshift structure on Council or Public Land unless they are within a registered Caravan Park.

(a)     The requirements of Section 1 shall not apply to those “bona fide” travellers whose period of occupancy is less than 5 days/nights

(b)     A Permit issued under this section shall allow a maximum period of occupancy not exceeding 28 days in any calendar year.

The amendment to the General Local Law 2012 commences on Thursday 4 July 2019.