The City of Hobart is established and operates under the Local Government Act 1993 and is responsible for enforcing other Tasmanian acts and regulations and creating its own by-laws.


All Tasmanian legislation can be accessed from the Tasmanian Legislation page.

Links to the Tasmanian Legislation pages of other Acts that we operate under are listed below.


The relevant regulations that we follow can be accessed from Tasmanian Legislation.


City of Hobart by-laws review - 2017

The City of Hobart recently undertook a review of five of its six by-laws, which are due to expire between August and October 2018. As part of this review, the Council resolved to undertake public consultation regarding the content of the following draft by-laws:

  • Public Spaces;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Car Parks;
  • Environmental Health; and
  • Waste Management.

While the Local Government Act requires that the City advertise its by-laws once certified by the Local Government Office, this consultation was a preliminary effort to seek submissions from the public and allow the community to have their say. Submissions are now closed for this consultation.

To find out more about these by-laws, or view the proposed draft by-laws, visit the Your Say Hobart website. 

Any changes to the draft by-laws will be presented to the Council in August, along with the submissions which will be presented in the full Council report.

Current City of Hobart by-laws

The Council can create by-laws to manage, regulate or control various activities within the city. There are currently six by-laws which address:

  • matters of health and environmental services
  • parking
  • conduct on the highways
  • conduct in the parks, recreation and natural areas
  • the supply of water, the sewerage system, and stormwater and land drainage
  • the prevention of outside burning including the use of incinerators.

By-laws expire after 10 years unless the by-law states an earlier expiration date.

By-laws from other councils can be found on the Local Government Division page.




Date of commencement

Health and Environmental Services By-Law(PDF, 138KB)

No. 1 of 2008

29 October 2008

Highways By-Law(PDF, 144KB)

No. 3 of 2008

27 August 2008

Hydraulic Services By-Law(PDF, 136KB)

No. 4 of 2008

27 August 2008

Parks, Recreation and Natural Areas By-Law(PDF, 114KB)

No. 5 of 2008

10 September 2008

Salamanca Market By-law(PDF, 87KB)

No. 1 of 2010

26 May 2010

Car Parks and Parking By-law(PDF, 97KB)

Car Parks and Parking Amendment By-Law(PDF, 218KB)

Consolidated version of the Car Parks and Parking By-Law(PDF, 200KB)

No. 2 of 2008

No. 1 of 2012


20 August 2008

9 August 2012

9 August 2012


Right to Information Act 2009

The Right to Information Act 2009 governs access to information held by government bodies. To make a Right to Information request, download an application form at the Right to Information Act page.