Lake Macquarie City Council provides a compliance service to ensure development is undertaken in accordance with approvals.
We have dedicated officers who are authorised to issue and enforce notices and orders under the following legislation:
- Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
- Local Government Act 1993
- Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997
Council has a minimal tolerance approach to unauthorised development and any breach under the relevant acts. This approach ensures consistent and effective enforcement takes place.
Council encourages people to ensure they undertake their land use activities with consent/approval so as not to cause nuisance or be in a breach of legislation. We also encourage all residents to talk to their neighbours about nuisance problems before contacting Council.
If you wish to report a compliance problem or request a compliance investigation, you must lodge a compliance service request by contacting our Customer Service Centre.
All building and development compliance requests are handled in accordance with our Privacy Statement.
What we manage
- Breaches of the Building Code of Australia
- Building work outside the permitted working hours
- Swimming pool fence compliance
- Unauthorised/unlawful building work
- Fire-affected, dilapidated/dangerous buildings and structures
- Breaches of the Lake Macquarie Local Environmental Plan 2004 (as it relates to unauthorised land use)
- Non-compliance of Development Application conditions of approval
- Enforcement of the Local Government Act 1993, Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 and Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997
- Unauthorised land use, including land clearing
Erosion and sediment control
- Sediment washing away from development sites into watercourses including Council's stormwater system, Lake Macquarie and its tributaries
- Industry and community education
- Breaches of the Protection of Environment Operations Act 1997
- Please see our fact sheets to understand erosion and sediment control
- Removal of trees without consent on private land
- Inspection of the City's registered significant vegetation
- Breaches of fire safety schedule for business/commercial premises.
What we don't manage
- Tree disputes between neighbours. Please see NSW Land and Environment Court
- Fencing disputes. Please see NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT)
- Complaints about Department of Housing properties. Please forward issues to Housing NSW contact centre on 1300 468 746
In these situations, Council encourages residents to seek independent legal advice.
Action Council can take when an unauthorised development results in envir…
Page last updated: 23 February 2018