Local laws

Council administers a range of local laws including parking, keeping animals, bathing reserves and dog off-leash areas.

Local laws help to govern the diverse communities of the Sunshine Coast region. Local laws govern issues such as:

  • parking
  • keeping animals
  • approvals for activities
  • bathing reserves
  • dog off-leash areas.

There is a type of local law called a subordinate local law. The principles contained in local laws are often provided for in more detail in their subordinate local laws.

The Sunshine Coast Council local laws and subordinate local laws were adopted on 1 January 2012.

Since then a number of local law amendments have been adopted by council. These amendments are regularly consolidated into the local laws and subordinate local laws. This is done to make them clear and easy to use.

To view a full list of the local laws for the Sunshine Coast, visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website and search the state department local laws database or click the links below.

Local law reviews

Local laws are regularly reviewed. There are currently no reviews underway.

You can find information on previous reviews and amendments under community engagement or the state department local laws database.

Local laws fact sheets

Council has created fact sheets to help you understand the region’s local laws. You can view these fact sheets below, along with the local laws and subordinate local laws.


For more information, visit the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, or contact council.

Managing roadsides

Managing roadsides

Council applies local laws across all roads, including state-controlled roads, to improve attractiveness and safety.

Bulcock Beach boardwalk

Bulcock Beach boardwalk

Regulations for fishing, animal on-leash and prohibited areas and use of facilities surrounding the Bulcock Beach boardwalk.

Operation of drones (unmanned remotely piloted aircraft)

Operation of drones (unmanned remotely piloted aircraft)

Under Sunshine Coast Regional Council Local Law No. 1 (Administration) 2011, it is an offence to undertake a prescribed activity, of which the operation of a drone is defined, without a valid permit.

Noise nuisances

Noise nuisances

Find out about noise nuisances including noise from building works, power tools, air conditioners, refrigeration equipment, pumps, power boat engine noise, amplified devices, indoor venues and outdoor events.

Sunshine Coast Council acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share.
We commit to working in partnership with the Traditional Custodians and the broader First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) community to support self-determination through economic and community development.
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