Unsightly Property

Council's General Local Law No.1 - 2013 requires property owners and occupiers to maintain their properties (especially vacant land) throughout the year to ensure that it does not become unsightly, constitute a danger to health or property, be detrimental to the general amenity of the neighbourhood or be a haven for noxious weeds or pest animals.

An unsightly property can be described as having:

  • unconstrained rubbish, such as paper, cardboard, styrene pieces, plastic bags, plastics, rags, second-hand containers, or household refuse,
  • second-hand timber or second-hand building materials,
  • discarded, rejected, unwanted, surplus or abandoned solid or liquid materials,
  • graffiti on exterior walls or fences,
  • overhanging vegetation which has not been cut back to the property line and to a height of 3 metres,
  • grass and weeds longer than 100 millimetres on land that is 4,00 square metres or less,
  • more than three unregistered, unroadworthy, disassembled, incomplete or deteriorated vehicles, (this includes cars, boats, caravans or any farm type equipment)
  • machinery or vehicle parts which has been stored on the land for more than 60 days out of 90 days in total and which constitutes a detriment to the appearance of the surrounding area,
  • flammable material, solid or liquid likely to assist the spread of fire or constitute a fire hazard, or
  • anything being built which is left incomplete and constitutes a detriment to the appearance of the surrounding area.


If you would like to make a report about an unsightly property within Hume, please click the following link: Report An Issue

Should you require any further information please contact Council on 9205 2200 or alternatively email us at contactus@hume.vic.gov.au  

Updated : 11:55 AM, 30 March 2017

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