Local Approvals Policy

The prior approval of Council is required for the carrying out several activities under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act) including (but not limited to):

  • Place a waste storage container in a public place (such as a skip bin and clothing donation bin);
  • Install, construct or alter a waste treatment device or a human waste storage facility or a drain connected to any such device or facility;
  • Install a domestic oil or solid fuel heating appliance, other than a portable appliance;
  • Use a standing vehicle or any article for the purpose of selling any article in a public place;
  • Operate a system of sewage management;
  • Engage in a trade or business (on community land);
  • For fee or reward, play a musical instrument or sing (on community land), such as busking; and
  • Deliver a public address or hold a religious service or public speaking (on community land).

The Hills Shire Council adopted the Local Approvals Policy 15/2021 – 2024 (below) on 23 August 2022, which provides criteria and exemptions for some of the activities listed above.