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 were due to expire between July and August 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. The Council unanimously resolved to ‘make the by-laws’, as required under the Local Government Act 1993.

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.

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

Single-Use Plastics By-Law(PDF, 261KB)

No. 1 of 2020  8 April 2020 

Environmental Health By-Law(PDF, 593KB)

No. 2 of 2018

25 July 2018

Infrastructure By-Law(PDF, 717KB)

No. 1 of 2018

25 July 2018

Waste Management By-Law(PDF, 717KB)  No.3 of 2018 25 July 2018

Public Spaces By-Law(PDF, 1MB)

No. 4 of 2018

1 August 2018

Salamanca Market By-law(PDF, 87KB)

No. 1 of 2010

26 May 2010

Parking By-law(PDF, 100KB)


No. 5 of 2018


1 August 2018



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.