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Local laws

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Local laws enable Council's to identify local issues that are important to the community and put controls in place to ensure public safety, amenity and protection of natural and community assets. 

Council creates local laws that apply to its municipal district through the Local Government Act 1989.

Local laws must not be inconsistent with other legislation or regulation or duplicate any matters contained within a planning scheme.

Local laws determine when activities require permits for residents and others.

City of Greater Bendigo current laws include:

Application forms for:

  1. Outdoor dining, A-frame and footpath trading
  2. Activities in public places (busking, mobile food vehicles, street stalls)
  3. Open Air Burning

Further information for:

  1. Outdoor Dining and Street Trading Code of Practice Fact Sheet
  2. Outdoor Dining and Street Trading Code of Practice
  3. Open Air Burning Fact Sheet

Draft Itinerant Trading Policy

The City of Greater Bendigo is inviting community feedback on a new draft Itinerant Trading Policy to help guide the City's decisions and support the ongoing management of itinerant trading across the municipality.

The key features of the draft policy include:

  • A two-year transition to a public tender process for sites deemed to be highly desirable and sustainable such as Lake Weeroona
  • A place making approach where applications will be considered for their activation and contribution to the public space
  • Clarification of roles and responsibilities
  • Expectations of traders where utilities such as power and water are required
  • Approval processes for applications where the City is the public land manager, not the land owner
  • Formalised appeal processes where applicants can have decisions reviewed
  • Alignment with the City's other strategies and policies such as healthy eating guidelines
  • Increases of the minimum public liability and professional indemnity insurance from the current $10 million to $20 million for traders

Read the draft Itinerant Trading Policy.

Submissions must be received by the City by Friday August 7, 2020 and should be emailed to [email protected]

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