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Local laws, Council policies and delegations

Local laws

Local laws provide local governments with powers to manage issues within their district, which helps meet the specific needs of their community. Local Laws are subsidiary legislation made by local governments under delegated powers from the Local Government Act 1995, Health Act 1911, Cat Act 2011, Dog Act 1976 and various other Acts.

Note: The City of Rockingham repealed all local laws relating to Bush Fire Control and Bush Fire Brigades effective 14 April 2020.

The City is currently asking for submissions for the new proposed Fencing and Waste Local Laws 2020. All submissions must be received on or before Friday 8 January 2021. For more information go to share your thoughts

CatsCemeteriesDogsFencingHealthParkingPest plantsPublic places and local government propertySand driftSigns, hoardings and bill postingStanding orders

Council policies

Council policies are developed to meet the needs of Council and are adopted by the Council. These policies are wide ranging across many of the City's services and responsibilities, and reviewed periodically. A list of our policies is available below.

Code of conduct

The City's Code of Conduct provides consistent guidelines for an acceptable standard of professional conduct. The code addresses the broader issue of ethical responsibility and encourages transparency and accountability.


Local governments are required to make numerous decisions every day.

​In practice, in order to enable local governments to focus on strategic issues and reduce the amount of meeting time required, local governments are able to delegate many of those decisions so we can respond more effectively to the community and provide for timely, consistent decision making.

​The Delegated Authority Register provides information about where the power to delegate is derived from, including legislation and policies of Council. The register is reviewed annually in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995.

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