Councils use local laws to respond to issues and community needs within a municipality. These locals laws compliment their responsibilities and powers under both state and federal laws. Where appropriate, Council’s may introduce local laws, or by-laws to exercise these powers.

Hindmarsh currently has two local laws. Click on the links below to read through the documents:

Hindmarsh Municipal Local Law
The purpose and general purport of the proposed Hindmarsh Municipal Local Law is to:

  1. regulate and control uses and activities of Council buildings, land and reserves, allowing for public enjoyment of Council places and protecting Council assets by providing minimum standards of behaviour and managing risks;
  2. promote the health and wellbeing of the people living in the municipal district and to provide a safe and healthy environment that gives the residents of the Council’s municipal district the opportunity to enjoy a quality of life that meets the general expectations of the community;
  3. prohibit, regulate and control activities that may be dangerous, unsafe, detrimental or undesirable to the quality of life in Council’s municipal district;
  4. control nuisance caused by noise, odour and smoke emissions, and other discharges to the environment which may adversely affect enjoyment of life, health, safety and welfare of persons within Council’s municipal district;
  5. regulate the keeping of animals within the municipal area and protect their welfare, including providing for the movement of livestock being driven, grazed or kept within the municipal area;
  6. provide a system for applying for Permits where a Permit is required;
  7. provide for the administration of the Council's powers and functions;
  8. provide generally for the peace, order and good government of the municipal district in a way which enhances the environment and quality of life; and
  9. revoke Local Law No. 2 of 2014.

Hindmarsh Governance Local Law
The purpose and general purport of the proposed Hindmarsh Governance Local Law is to:

  1. regulate and control the use of the Council’s common seal;
  2. provide for offences in the event of inappropriate conduct at Council meetings and meetings of Delegated Committees, and for offences in relation to the misuse of the common seal; and
  3. revoke Local Law No.1 of 2014.


Without a permit, a person must not display, sell or offer for sale, any vehicle or goods, including raffle tickets, on a road or municipal place.

This means that you may need a Street collector permit or Street furniture permit to undertake your activity or place items onto the footpath.

Street collector permits are required if you are dealing in goods, collecting money, selling raffle tickets or busking in a street, public place or vacant land. See the application form here.

Street furniture permits are required if you wish to display a moveable advertising sign, display goods or place tables and chairs onto the footpath or road. See the application form here.


Without a permit, a person must not collect wood from the road reserve. To obtain a roadside wood collection permit and make payment, please contact Council on (03) 5391 4444 or info@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au.

Firewood can be collected from:

  • 1 March to 30 June (Autumn season)
  • 1 September to 30 November (Spring season)

These permits allow the holder to collect up to one cubic metre of wood from Council managed road reserves.

PLEASE NOTE that not all roads can be collected from – for a list of roads that you CANNOT collect from, click here.

You are also able to collect firewood for free from a designated collection area within a State Forest. This does not require a permit, however collection is only permitted within the designated area and time period and collection rules and limits apply. For more information, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning or visit https://www.ffm.vic.gov.au/firewood/firewood-collection-in-your-region.


Smoke and ash from open-air burning is becoming less acceptable due to health and amenity concerns. Without a permit obtained from Council, a person must not burn in the open air in a built up, residential or township area.

To obtain a permit, please use the following form: Application to light a fire on a residential property

Please note that the use and lighting of incinerators in Hindmarsh is prohibited.

NOTE: Permits will not be issued during a Fire Danger Period as declared by the Country Fire Authority Act 1958.


During a declared Fire Danger Period, a permit must be obtained to light a fire for the purposes of burning off grass or stubble in non-residential areas.

Please complete the application form here.


All dogs and cats over the age of three months are required to be registered with Council. For more information about animal registration, please visit our ‘Register my Animal’ page.

Additionally, the local laws govern the keeping of the types and numbers of animals in certain areas. For more information about the keeping of animals, please visit the Register my Animal page.

The local laws also enable an authorised officer to monitor the health of animals residing within the Shire and take action if necessary.


It is illegal to park in a marked disabled parking bay unless you, or your passenger, has a valid Accessible Parking Permit. 

As of 24 March 2021, the Accessible Parking Permit Scheme went live in Hindmarsh Shire Council. This replaced the previous Disability Parking Permits system that had been in place. 

Permits give parking concessions to those with impaired mobility. There are three types of Accessible Parking Permits available to Victorian residents:

  • An Australian Disability Parking (ADP) Permit (for individuals)
  • A Victorian Double Time Permit (for individuals)
  • An Australian Disability Parking (ADP) Permit (for organisations)

To obtain a disabled parking permit, you must make an application following the Accessible Parking Permits Scheme.

The Accessible Parking Permit Scheme is an online-based and streamlined application process that is jointly processed between the applicant, General Practitioner and/or Occupational Therapists and the Vicroads Accessible Parking Permit department.

Council is involved in some administrative parts of the process such as approving certain aspects of an application, but is no longer responsible for processing applications.

All information and resources are available online at Accessible Parking Permits (APP) website here https://www.accessibleparking.vic.gov.au/permits/.

Any currently issued Disability Parking Permits are still valid. You will only be required to change your permit to the new Accessible Parking Permit once your current permit expires, or if your current permit is lost.

Please note: This is a state initiative and your GP will complete the paperwork online on your behalf.

If you have any questions or require further information, please call our Customer Service team on 03 5391 4444.


Parking of vehicles on the footpath or nature strip is illegal. This is because it obstructs the footpath area and creates hazards for pedestrians.


A vehicle is considered abandoned if it has been left standing in a road or street, in a parking area or on Council land for a period greater than two months.

Suspect you have seen an abandoned vehicle? Contact Council on (03) 5391 4444 to speak with a Local Laws team member.


If you wish to hold an event in a public place, such as a skate park, community reserve or public park, you will need a permit from Council. Please use this application form to apply.


In a municipal place (includes council offices, buildings and depots, tips, reserves, skate parks and aquatic facilities) a person must not, without authority from Council, consume, supply or sell liquor; or enter or remain under the influence of liquor.

Additionally, there are restrictions regarding the times that you are permitted to consume alcohol in public places within Hindmarsh’s four towns, unless you have been granted a permit to do so.

You are able to apply for a permit to consume or sell liquor in a public place from Council – see the application form here.


To temporarily close a road, a road closure permit is required from Council. In order to obtain the permit, you will need to submit an application form, a risk management plan and a traffic management plan.

If you are having difficulty with the application process, please contact Council.


Street furniture refers to all moveable advertising signs, A-frame signs, displays of goods and tables and chairs which are placed on a road or road-related area, such as a footpath.

A street furniture permit is required to ensure that the items do not unreasonably impede, obstruct or hinder the movement of pedestrian traffic along the footpath.

To apply for a street furniture permit, please complete this application form.


Under Hindmarsh local law, a landowner or occupier must not allow or permit their land to be kept in a manner which is a haven for vermin, noxious weeds, insects or excessive vegetation growth.

Under the Country Fire Authority Act 1958 there is a set process Council is required to follow when a fire hazard is reported on privately owned property. This includes the issuing of fire prevention notices and infringements, and the undertaking of clean-up works under the Local Government Act 2020.

Council proactively undertakes fire prevention property inspections in each town prior to the fire danger season. If you have concerns regarding vegetation on a particular property, you are welcome to contact Council on (03) 5391 4444 to speak to a local laws team member.

For more information about fire prevention, check out this link - https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/about/who-does-what




In line with Victorian Government requirements, community members need to show proof of double vaccination to access Councils community facilities including swimming pools, Nhill Memorial Community Centre, community halls and Hindmarsh Shire Libraries in Dimboola, Jeparit, Nhill and Rainbow. You can do this via the Services Victoria app or with a printed Vaccination Certificate and photo ID.

Click and collect services are available at our libraries, along with e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Telephone your local Hindmarsh Shire Libraries branch to organise click and collect.

Council’s Customer Service Centre in Nhill does not require customers to be double vaccinated. Community members needing access to customer services in person, can attend the Nhill Customer Service Centre at 92 Nelson Street, Nhill. Online services are available on our website or telephone 03 5391 4444 for assistance over the telephone.

Updated 14/12/2021