Council has a statutory role in ensuring compliance with approvals as well as dealing with unauthorised development. This includes illegal land use or unauthorised building activity.
We encourage people to undertake their land use activities with proper consent and approvals to avoid causing a nuisance or acting in breach of legislation. We also rely on the community to report unauthorised work and provide evidence to assist Council in taking action.
Compliance Officers use their discretion when dealing with such matters, taking into account the evidence, cost to the community of any action, details of the case, public policy and legal precedent.
Council has a Compliance and Enforcement Policy which guides the approach and response to a range of compliance issues.