Legislation and by-laws

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; Parking; Environmental Health and  Waste Management.

A number of submissions were received in response to consultation opportunity.

Suggestions resulted in some amendments to the draft by-laws, which were reconsidered by the Council on Monday, 18 September. The Council unanimously resolved to ‘make the by-laws’, as required under the Local Government Act 1993.

The by-laws, and their respective Regulatory Impact Statements, were forwarded to the Director of Local Government in early October, for his consideration and certification of approval.

The by-laws are currently open for review. Find out more here: City of Hobart By-laws released for comment

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.