Local government legislation

This page lists the major legislation that affects local governments in the Northern Territory.


The Local Government Act provides for local government in the Northern Territory.

Regulations made under the Local Government Act include:

Council by-laws are listed on the Department of the Chief Minister's legislation database.

Councils are responsible for making and enforcing their own by-laws.

The Local Government and Community Development Division can assist councils to make, amend or repeal local government by-laws. For assistance please email localgovernment.DLGHCD@nt.gov.au.

Section 27 of the Local Government Act provides for councils and the Local Government Association of the Northern Territory to form separate entities known as local government subsidiaries to carry out functions related to local government on behalf of the constituent councils.

Under section 28 of the Act, the Minister for Local Government uses an NT Government Gazette notice to allow a subsidiary to come into existence on a specific date as a body corporate that has the powers and functions conferred or assigned by its constitution.

The constitution of a subsidiary must be approved by the Minister, pursuant to section 29(1).

The Minister has approved the constititution of CouncilBiz. Download the constitution PDF (949.7 KB).


Last updated: 14 April 2021

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