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Current model local laws

Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and PlanningThe following model local laws were notified in the Government Gazette on 25 June 2010 and are available for adoption by local government.

The 2010 model local laws have been developed in accordance with the Local Government Act 2009. Local Governments are invited to review a model local law and determine that it meets its needs. Local government should also refer to relevant requirements in the Act and any regulation made under that Act for guidance in the adoption process.

The model local laws are drafted in accordance with the Guidelines for drafting local laws and subordinate local laws. The guidelines were prepared by the Queensland Office of Parliamentary Counsel and adopted as the drafting standard.

This set of model local laws was originally approved and released in October 2009. Since then, it was identified that amendments to the package were required to address two specific issues:

  • reducing the minimum impounding period for animals before alternative arrangements can be made (e.g. sale, rehousing etc.)
  • re-inserting power to regulate vehicles on local government controlled areas such as parks and reserves, following amendment to state legislation to allow for this provision.

Minor amendments were also made to increase clarity and operational effectiveness of certain provisions and to correct minor referencing errors. For more information on changes made, please refer to the amendment schedule below for each model local law.

The amendment schedules identify the changes made to each model local law since they were gazetted and released in October 2009.

The model local laws are provided in Acrobat PDF form for easy browsing online and in Microsoft Word document format for downloading and use by local government in the drafting of local laws.

Templates for subordinate local laws

Subordinate local law templates have been developed for each model local law to offer local governments an example of how subordinate local laws may be constructed to complement the model local laws.

The templates are not part of the model local laws but simply supporting material. Local governments may choose to design different subordinate local law formats. The templates provide a structure that ensures all matters able to be prescribed by subordinate local law within the authorising model local law are included. They also suggest the type of information that may be considered relevant when determining the detailed specifications or particular content of a subordinate local law.


The template subordinate local laws have been compiled for your information only and should not be treated as an exhaustive statement on the subject. Nor should they be considered as rendering to you legal or professional services. The Department recommends that independent legal advice be sought on any matter of interpretation of the model local laws or template subordinate local laws. The information is provided on the basis that you are responsible for making your own assessment of the topics discussed.

The Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning expressly disclaims all liability (including but not limited to liability for negligence) for errors or omissions of any kind whatsoever or for any loss (including direct and indirect losses), damages or other consequences which may arise from your reliance on the material contained in the template subordinate local laws.

Model local law guidance notes

Guidance notes are available for each model local law to assist local governments with interpretation and use of the model local laws and development of subordinate local laws using the templates.

Further information

For further information about local laws contact the department.

Last updated: 17 Aug 2022