Delegations and By-Laws


Councils have certain duties which they must perform, and certain powers which they may exercise, pursuant to the Local Government Act 1999 as well as a range of other Acts.  In most cases the relevant Acts grant those duties and powers directly on the Council as a body. 

It is not practical or efficient for the Council as a body of elected members to perform the many functions or undertake the many activities that are required in the day-to-day administration of Council's roles and functions. Delegations are the way in which the Council enables other people/bodies (usually Council officers) to undertake these steps on its behalf.

The Council may elect to delegate its powers and responsibilities to the Chief Executive Officer who may then sub-delegate his or her powers and responsibilities to other responsible staff. The Council may also delegate its powers and responsibilities to a Committee of Council.

Council delegates powers and duties under the various Acts via a formal Instrument of Delegation.  A copy of these instruments and the sub-delegations for each Act are available here.



Councils in South Australia are able to establish by-laws, under the Local Government Act, 1999.  By-laws are local laws established by councils to deal with issues specific to the relevant council area.

The Adelaide Hills Council currently has seven by-laws, which apply only within the Adelaide Hills Council's boundaries. 

By-Law No 1 - Permits and Penalties 
By-law No 2 - Moveable Signs 
By-law No 3 - Local Government Land 
By-law No 4 - Roads 
By-law No 5 - Dogs 
By-law No 6 - Cats

Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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