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City of Brisbane Act 2010 – 20 November 2015

City of Brisbane Regulation 2012 – 2 December 2016

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The Brisbane City Council is a body corporate with the power to make and enforce any local law that is necessary or convenient for the good rule and local government of Brisbane.

  • Sections 9, 10, 11, 29, 42B, 242

If there is an inconsistency between a local law and State law, the State law prevails to the extent of the inconsistency.

  • Section 28

The Brisbane City Council must give notice to a land owner of an intention to acquire land for the purposes of widening a road. If notification occurs, compensation may be payable.

  • Sections 67, 68, 70, 72

A person may make a complaint to the Brisbane City Council/State Government about the conduct or performance of a councillor.

  • Section 179

An affected person may make a complaint in relation to administrative action by the Brisbane City Council.

  • Section 250; Regulation 279

The Brisbane City Council may grant rate concessions to pensioners, not for profit entities and entities providing assistance or encouragement for arts or cultural development (for full details of concession availability visit regulations 112 and 115).

  • Regulations 111, 112, 113, 114, 115

A member of the public may inspect land records kept by the Brisbane City Council. A fee may be charged.

  • Regulations 146, 147

Within 30 days of becoming a new owner of a property, the new owner is to give notification of the ownership change to the Brisbane City Council. The previous owner is also encouraged to give this notice so that they can be certain that no future liability for rates or charges can be imposed on them in relation to the sold property.

  • Regulations 153, 155

The Brisbane City Council must publish at least once a year public notice of council meetings in a Brisbane newspaper and on the council website. It may also publish on the council website the meeting agenda items. Members of the public can attend a council meeting unless it is a closed meeting. Within 10 days of a meeting, the minutes are to be made available to the public on the council website.

  • Regulations 247, 249, 253
Reason for law

To provide a local government system that is accountable, effective, efficient and sustainable. (Section 3)

Relevant links

Brisbane City Council

Establishment and Coordination Committee (Brisbane City Council)

Discounts and remissions [rates]


Vehicle access permits

Brisbane Planning and Development Online

Current Tenders

Register of Local Laws and Notices

Councillor’s Register of Interests

Procurement Policy

Register of cost-recovery fees

Living in Brisbane Newsletter

Local government publications [Crime and Corruption Commission]

Commonwealth Local Government Forum

Parks & Leisure Australia

Suggested links

The Sharing Cities Network [Shareable]

Pop Up City

World Cities [European Union Project]

Media article

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All local laws should be published with the Queensland statute law so that all statute law is located in the one place.

The register of business activities to which the competitive neutrality principle applies could be published on the internet for the benefit of the public.

The term ‘shingle’ in regulation 62 is not a word commonly understood by members of the public.


Can a person sleep in King George Square without contravening a Brisbane City Council local law?

No. Section 17 of the Public Land and Council Assets Local Law 2014 (in conjunction with Schedule 1) prohibits the following activity:

“Camp, lodge, sleep rough or stay over night”

The maximum penalty which can be applied is 20 penalty units. Section 17 applies to King George Square by virtue of section 16 of the Local Law.

To access the Brisbane City Council local laws, visit the Local laws database.




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