The City has enacted a number of local laws that govern activities on land that is owned or managed by the City, as well as certain activities conducted on private land within the City.
These local laws have the status of legislation and are enforceable by the City. The City may authorise Officers to enforce the local laws on its behalf. The City is required to review its local laws once every eight years.
Local laws currently in force in the City of South Perth
Waste Local Law 2017
The purpose of this local law is to regulate the storage, collection and disposal of waste and refuse from residential premises and on waste facilities in the City.
The value of an infringement related to a prescribed offence in accordance with the Waste Local Law 2017 is determined in conjunction with the Penalty Units Local Law.
Parking Local Law 2017
The purpose of this local law is to establish the City as a parking region, define parking facilities and regulate the parking of vehicles within the City. The local law enables the City to regulate the parking of vehicles within the district and provide for the management and operation of parking facilities under the City’s care, control and management.
The value of an infringement related to a prescribed offence in accordance with the Parking Local Law 2017 is determined in conjunction with the Penalty Units Local Law.
Cats Local Law 2016
The purpose of the local law is to set a ‘standard number’ of cats that may be kept on premises. The effect is that persons must not keep more than the standard number of cats unless provided for by the local law, the Cat Act 2011, or its associated Regulations.
Dogs Local Law 2016
Provides for the activities of dogs and their owners in public places. Establishes certain areas for use by dogs and their owners under prescribed conditions. Allows the City to deal with dogs and charge fees for such dealings.
The value of an infringement related to a prescribed offence in accordance with the Dogs Local Law 2016 is determined in conjunction with the Penalty Units Local Law.
Public Places and Local Government Property Local Law 2011
Provides regulation for the management of public property and the activities that may be conducted on public property that is owned or managed by the City. This local law does not apply to the golf courses.
The value of an infringement related to a prescribed offence in accordance with the Public Places and Local Government Property Local Law 2011 is determined in conjunction with the Penalty Units Local Law.
Standing Orders Local Law 2007
Provides for procedures relating to the conduct of council and other meetings, the requirements of members at meetings and other related purposes. These Standing Orders incorporate the amendments in Standing Orders Amendment Local Law 2010, 2012 and 2017.
Penalty Units Local Law
The local law initially adopted in 2003, prescribes the value of a penalty unit. Under section 9.17 of the Local Government Act 1995, the City may prescribe modified penalties for the issue of infringement notices for the commission of prescribed offences. The City has adopted a number of local laws that have prescribed modified penalties expressed in penalty units.
Health Local Laws 2002
The City of South Perth Health Local Laws 2002 were made pursuant to the powers under the Health Act 1911. These local laws cover sanitation, housing and general, waste food and refuse, nuisances and general, pest control, infectious diseases, lodging houses, offensive trades and penalties.
How penalty units interact with other local laws
A penalty unit is a measurement used to determine the amount of a fine for an offence. The current value of a penalty unit is $13.00. The value of the penalty unit is multiplied by the number of units set for the offence in the local law. Prescribed offences can be found at the back of many of the City’s local laws.
Example 1: Parking Local Law 2017 Schedule 1 – Prescribed Offences, item number 3 ‘Parking when meter has expired’; this offence carries 8 penalty units. Multiplying 8 penalty units by the value of a penalty unit, being $13.00, results in a parking infringement of $104.00.
Example 2: Waste Local Law 2017 Schedule 2 – Prescribed Offences, item number 29 ‘Removing waste from a receptable without approval’; this offence carries 10 penalty units. Multiplying 10 penalty units by the value of a penalty unit, being $13.00, results in an infringement of $130.00.