Local Laws
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Local Laws

Local Laws govern most of Council's roles and responsibilities including parking, animal control, overgrown allotments and illegal camping.

Animal Management

Council is responsible for domestic animal and livestock management in Cook Shire, including pet registration and microchipping, dangerous dog complaints, wandering livestock, dog adoption and the pound. For more information, visit our animal management page.

Parking and illegal camping

Marked parking bays are located within the Cooktown central business district to improve traffic flow, access to businesses and availability of parking for the disabled. Parking patrols are undertaken to check compliance, in particular compliance with disabled parking. Non-compliance with parking local laws can result in a fine of up to $260. For more information, see Local Law No 5.

Camping is not permitted on any land under Council's control, such as parks, reserves, roadsides and the Cooktown waterfront precinct. Council conducts regular patrols to check compliance, and fines of up to $260 can be issued on the spot. For more information, see Local Law No 1. Council provides an RV Rest Area off Racecourse Road, available for a maximum three night stay to fully self contained vehicles. For more information on our RV Rest Area and other places to stay, visit the Cooktown and Cape York website.

Overgrown and unsightly properties

An overgrown or untidy property is unsightly and a danger to neighbours and the community. All residents have a responsibility to keep their properties neat and tidy to improve the appearance of our communities, remove places for vermin to breed, reduce health risks and potential fire hazards. Where a property owner has been notified by Council to undertake work to tidy their property, and have failed to do so, Council may perform the work on their behalf and the property owner will be liable for charges. For more information, see Local Law No 3. Many items are free to dispose of at Cook Shire waste transfer stations - visit our waste management page for more information.

Local Laws

Click here to view all of Council's Local Laws and Subordinate Local Laws.

More information

For more information, contact our Local Laws team via or phone 4069 5444.

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895

Email: mail@cook.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday