Unauthorised work or unlawful activity can range from very minor technical breaches that cause little or no harm to major breaches that can cause significant harm to others or the environment. Council relies upon the public to help identify and provide evidence to assist in the investigation of possible breaches.
Please report to Council any activities that you believe are being carried out:
Many smaller construction projects don't need approval. Examples of exempt development include:
See more information about where approval is not needed
Exempt developments are legal as long as they are built up to standard. To see if the works meet the exempt development standards check the State Environmental Planning Policy 2008 (Exempt and Complying Development Codes)
Check whether development consent has been granted. You can do this using our online tool below.
When you report a possible unauthorised work or unlawful activity please include:
You can submit your report using our online form below.
Council compliance officers will investigate reports and consider all relevant information.
Council may then take the following actions:
Buildings cannot be retrospectively approved. It may be possible to obtain approval for the continued use of a building or for the continued use of an activity. In such cases Council may request the submission of a development application or an Application for Building Information Certificate and supporting documents to prove the suitability of the building work.
In cases where unauthorised work could not have been approved or is not able to meet the relevant standards of construction, Council may require the illegal work to be demolished.