Parking, Permits and Local Laws

Parking, Permits and Local Laws

Council's Community Amenity Local Law (see below) covers a broad range of issues and activities, including: 

  • protection of Council land
  • street selling
  • footpath activities requiring a permit
  • fire hazards
  • open air burning and incinerators
  • garbage collection and recycling
  • busking and street entertainment
  • droving and movement of livestock
  • animal welfare
  • keeping of animals
  • wandering animals, and
  • placement of clothing bins

Local laws are enforced by the Police and Council to regulate activities that impact on the local amenity.  These include prohibition of the use of incinerators, banning the consumption of alcohol in public places, removal of abandoned vehicles and control of litter. Some activities governed by the Local Law require a permit. These include:

  • open air burning (residential zones only)
  • Footpath Activities Permit (see below)
  • keeping of excess animals (see below)
  • consumption of alcohol
  • droving and grazing of stock (see below)
  • busking; and
  • itinerant trading (see below)

Permits can be obtained from Customer Services at the Wangaratta Government Centre or by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.


See below link for a copy of Council's LOCAL LAW NO.1 COMMUNITY AMENITY 



During the course of an enforcement matter, as authorised by legislation, a vehicle registration can be supplied to third parties, requesting the registrant's information to be shared with Council.

The personal  information collected  is used solely for the purpose of  issuing an infringement notice and any subsequent legal action. The personal information will be held securely and used solely for this purpose. Council may disclose this information to the Magistrate’s Court, Sheriff’s Office or its legal advisers, or other organisations where required by law.


Parking Enforcement in the Rural City of Wangaratta

Parking enforcement throughout the muncipality is managed to ensure the safety of pedestrians and the fair and equitable use of available car parking spaces.   School crossing supervision is provided by Council to enhance the safety of children to and from school.


Noisy/odorous/untidy neighbours and Enforcement

Noise complaints depend on the type of noise generated. If it is barking dogs then Council’s Enforcement team can survey surrounding owners to check the degree of nuisance. As a first step it is worth talking to the neighbour to explain the issues. A responsible dog owner will often attempt to correct the problem.

The Environmental Health Team deals with residential noise. Noise from commercial or industrial zoned areas can be reported to the EPA. In a residential area the Residential Noise Regulations list items and times when noise from their use is unreasonable, if they can be heard in a neighbour’s home. To determine if a noise is unreasonable, duration and intensity is taken into consideration. An approach to a neighbour may correct the issue.

The approach to an untidy site depends on the nature of the debris. If a yard has debris such as rubbish it can attract vermin and other pests and may also be odorous. Loose items can become windborne litter. Usually when a neighbour is asked to remove the debris they will assist in a timely fashion. Council’s Environmental Health Officers can be contacted for advice.

If the concern is long or unmaintained grass or lawns that pose a potential fire risk, Council’s Municipal Fire Prevention Officer will inspect the issue during the fire season only.



PDFFootpath Activities Permit Requirements (100 KB)

PDFFootpath Activities Permit Application 2017-18 (231 KB)

PDFLivestock Grazing Application (79 KB)

PDFApplication for Excess Animal Permit (270 KB)

PDFItinerant Trading Application Form (218 KB)

PDFItinerant Trader Information (71 KB)

PDFLocal Law Policy Impact Statement (155 KB)

PDFBusking, Street Stall, Banner and Road Collection Application (253 KB)

Last Updated: 20-09-2017

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