Litter and Nuisances

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 is new legislation which will commence in two parts: the provisions relating to littering will commence on 1 February 2017, with the local nuisance provisions commencing on 1 July 2017.

Under the Act, Councils will inherit an array of functions and responsibilities previously undertaken by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

These responsibilities will include having to investigate complaints about:

  • noise
  • odours
  • smoke, fumes or dust
  • animals, whether dead or alive (currently part of the Local Government Act 1999)
  • insanitary conditions on premises
  • unsightly conditions on premises, caused by human activity or lack of activity

The Local Nuisance and Litter Control Act 2016 is significant legislation for Councils in South Australia and it is anticipated it will assist in resolving local nuisances 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 Councils to implement the legislation.

However, the EPA has committed to working collaboratively with the Local Government Association 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.

Additional Information

For additional information in regards to the act please visit the LGA website


For any enquiries regarding the Act or any enquiries or complaints regarding litter within the Council area please contact Customer Services on 8372 8888.