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Delegations and By-Laws

Delegations and sub-delegations facilitate efficient and effective business within the Council and allow Council Members to maintain strategic focus on the future direction of the Council.


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 below.

By-Law No. 1 Permits and Penalties 2018

By-Law No. 2 Moveable Signs 2018

By-Law No. 3 Local Government Land 2018

By-Law No. 4 Roads 2018

By-Law No. 5 Dogs 2018

By-Law No. 6 Cats 2018

Burial and Cremation Act 2013

Burial and Cremation Regulations 2014

Community Titles Act 1996

Cost of Living Concessions Act 1986

Crown Land Management Act 2009

Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008

Disability Inclusion Act 2018

Disability Inclusion Regulations 2019

Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Dog and Cat Management Regulations 2017

Electricity (Principles of Vegetation Clearance) Regulations 2021

Electricity Act 1996

Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy 2016

Environment Protection (Noise) Policy 2008

Environment Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Policy 2012

Environment Protection (Waste to Resources) Policy 2010

Environment Protection Act 1993

Environment Protection Regulations 2009

Expiation of Offences Act 1996

Fines Enforcement and Debt Recovery Act 2017

Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005

Fire and Emergency Services Regulations 2021

Food Act 2001

Food Regulations 2017

Freedom of Information (Fees and Charges) Regulations 2018

Freedom of Information Act 1991

Gas Act 1997

Heavy Vehicle (Mass Dimension and Loading) National Regulation (NSW)

Heavy Vehicle National Law (schedule to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (South Australia) Act 2013)

Independent Commission Against Corruption Act 2012

Instrument of Delegation under the Development Act 1993 and Development Regulations 2008

Joint Criminal Rules 2022

Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017

Land and Business (Sale and Conveyancing) Act 1994

Landscape South Australia (General) Regulations 2020

Landscape South Australia (Water Management) Regulations 2020

Landscape South Australia Act 2019

Liquor Licensing Act 1997

Local Government (Members Allowances and Benefits) Regulations 2010

Local Government (Building Upgrade Agreements) Regulations 2017

Local Government (Elections) Act 1999

Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 2011

Local Government (Forestry Reserves) Act 1944

Local Government (General) Regulations 2013

Local Government (Procedures at Meetings) Regulations 2013

Local Government Act 1999

Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016

Local Nuisance and Litter Control Regulations 2017

Mining Act 1971

Mining Regulations 2020

Ombudsman Act 1972

PDI Act 2016 - A Council A Designated Authority A Designated Entity — until full PDI commencement

PDI Act 2016 - Powers of Council as a Council - Instrument A

PDI Act 2016 - Power of a Council as Relevant Authority - Instrument B

PDI Act 2016 - Powers of an Assessment Panel - Instrument C

PDI Act 2016 - Powers of an Assessment Manager - Instrument D

Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017

Private Parking Areas Act 1986

Real Property Act 1886

Roads Opening and Closing Act 1991

Road Traffic (Miscellaneous) Regulations 2014

Road Traffic (Road Rules — Ancillary and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2014

Road Traffic Act 1961

Road Traffic Act 1961 Instrument of sub-delegation for the purposes of the Instrument of General Approval and Delegation (dated 22 August 2013)

Road Traffic Act 1961 Instrument-of-General-Approval-and-Delegation-Events

Roads (Opening and Closing) Act 1991

Safe Drinking Water Act 2011

Safe Drinking Water Regulations 2012

South Australia Public Health (General) Regulations 2013

South Australia Public Health (Legionella) Regulations 2013

South Australia Public Health (Wastewater) Regulations 2013

South Australian Public Health Act 2011

State Records Act 1997

Strata Titles Act 1988

Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992

Supported Residential Facilities Regulations 2009

Water Industry Act 2012

Water Industry Regulations 2012


Under the Local Government Act 1999, councils in South Australia are able to establish by-laws — local laws established to respond to issues specific to the relevant council area.

The Adelaide Hills Council currently has six by-laws, which apply only within the boundaries of the Adelaide Hills Council.

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