Unauthorised works and use are regularly discovered through Council's normal operations or may be reported by an interested party.
What are unauthorised works?
Unauthorised works incorporates a range of activities that can include:
- The construction of a building or structure
- Works associated with an existing building
- Demolition of a building.
Unauthorised use incorporates a range of activities that can include:
- A residential property being used as a boarding house
- A commercial business being operated without approval
- A business being used as a brothel without approval.
While the majority of building works and use require approval from Council or a certifying authority, there are some exceptions for minor development classified as exempt development.
Exempt development controls are listed in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 known as the SEPP.
Works or activities that do not fall under the SEPP either require a Development Consent from Council or a Complying Development Certificate.
If Council officers deem the works or use under taken to be illegal a range of enforcement actions may take place. Council may
- issue legal orders to stop work, demolish, remove, alter or repair the unauthorised works and use
- Issue infringement notices
- Commence legal proceedings in court
If you are unsure if the works are unauthorised you can check online through Online DA Tracking. (Link to online DA Tracking)
Lodge a complaint
If you still believe the works or use are being undertaken without the appropriate approval, Council recommends that you lodge a complaint:
You will need to provide the exact location of the works and the works being undertaken.
In the instance where the PCA is a private certifier and not Council, Council will advise the PCA of your complaint, as well as advising you of the PCA contact details.