At the February 2019 Ordinary Council Meeting, Council committed to the development of a new Fireworks Local Law focusing on regulating displays on private land outside the Urban Growth Boundary.

Two versions of a draft Fireworks Local Law have been developed, along with a draft Community Impact Statement which assesses the appropriateness of both proposed local laws in responding to the expectations of, and likely impacts on, the local community.

The full text of both options is available under Key Documents or by clicking on the links below.

The two options are outlined below:


Fireworks Local Law

This option introduces the requirement that any property in the rural areas of the Shire (outside the Urban Growth Boundary) must apply for a permit to host a fireworks display subject to strict criteria and a notification period. No permits could be issued during set high fire danger periods.

Specifically the local law would:

  • Apply to all private property located outside the Urban Growth Boundary (rural land)
  • Introduce a requirement that any fireworks display requires a permit issued by Council
  • Prohibit the issue of permits for fireworks displays during the high fire danger period. The high fire danger period is defined as either the commencement of the declared fire danger period or 1 November (whichever is earlier) and the end of the Declared Fire Danger period or 30 March (whichever is the later)
  • Set out strict information requirements for any permit application
  • Set out strict assessment criteria
  • Include requirements for the notification of the proposed event to nearby properties and in the local paper
  • Set timeframes for the submission of a fireworks permit application


Prohibition of Fireworks Local Law

This option proposes that the display of fireworks from private property in the rural areas of the Shire is outright prohibited.

Specifically, the local law would:

  • Apply to all private property located outside the Urban Growth Boundary (rural land)
  • Prohibit the display of fireworks from any private property outside the Urban Growth Boundary at any time.

You can give your feedback on the proposed options

from Thursday 27 June 2019 to 5pm Wednesday 7 August 2019.

The ability to make or amend a local law is governed by Part 5 of the Local Government Act 1989. In order to make a new local law or amend the existing Amenity Local Law, Council must give notice of its intention to do so, and any person affected by the proposed local law may make a submission relating to the proposed local law under Section 223 of the Act.

Submissions will be considered by Council in September, prior to adoption of the local law in October.

You can provide your feedback:

  • via the electronic form below
  • lodged in person at Council offices, Civic Drive, Greensborough
  • or mailed to PO Box 476, Greensborough VIC 3088

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