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Local Nuisance and Litter Control

From 1 February 2017, councils in South Australia will have a new regulatory role in littering in South Australia. Then, from 1 July 2017, councils will have a new role in regulating local nuisances.

Overview of the Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 is significant legislation for councils in South Australia and is anticipated will assist in resolving local nuisance complaints through councils. The Act also has a strong focus on managing littering and illegal dumping across South Australia.

The Act confers a significant role on to councils to implement the legislation. However, the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has committed to working collaboratively with the LGA and councils to ensure that the legislation is well implemented and delivers on its purpose of providing improved community outcomes relating to local nuisance, litter control, and illegal dumping.

An information sheet that provides an overview of this new regulatory regime has been prepared by the EPA and is available here

The legislation is available on the South Australian Legislation website


To provide information on specific aspects of the Act, a series of factsheets has been developed for use by councils and the community. The LGA acknowledges and appreciates the input and guidance provided by the EPA in preparing these documents.

General information 

Factsheet 2 Evidence Collection/Seizure of goods (in development)

Factsheet 6 - Vehicle Owner Liability

Factsheet 7 - Cost Recovery Processes

Factsheet 13 - Continuing Offences

Factsheet 14 - Defence of Due Diligence

Factsheet 15 - Abatement Notices

Factsheet 16 - Civil Remedies

Factsheet 17 - Civil Penalties

Factsheet 18 Administering bodies (in development)

Factsheet 21 Vexatious complaints (in development)

Litter control information

Factsheet 1 - Litter

Factsheet 3 - Public Litter Reporting

Factsheet 23 - Bill Posting

Factsheet 24 - Abandoned Shopping Trolleys

Local nuisance information

Factsheet 4 - Local Nuisance

Factsheet 5 - Unsightly conditions

Factsheet 9 - Nuisance - Dust

Factsheet 10 - Nuisance - Odour

Factsheet 11 - Nuisance - Noise

Factsheet 12 - Nuisance - Smoke

Factsheet 19 - Nuisance Management Plans

Factsheet 22 - Insanitary conditions


Model procedures and policies are available for use by councils. To view these documents, please click here and log in to the LGA Members Only website

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