The Department of Planning and Environment’s compliance team monitors and enforces the conditions of projects granted by the Minister for Planning or their delegate.
The Department helps to protect the environment by monitoring and enforcing compliance with environmental planning and assessment legislation.
The Department actively seeks to engage with industry and other stakeholders to:
In identifying matters for consideration and potential action, the Department of Planning and Environment’s compliance teams works closely with its regulatory partners. In particular this includes other NSW State Agencies administering environmental protection legislation and local councils to ensure information about non-compliance is shared and investigations are strategic and integrated where possible.
Matters - where the Department would consider investigation include:
Where a potential breach is identified, the Department analyses and investigates the matter. If a breach is confirmed, the Department takes appropriate enforcement action in line with the significance of the breach.
This can range from negotiating new outcomes and warning letters for minor matters, through to Orders, penalty notices and ultimately, criminal prosecutions for the most significant offences.
Investigation of potential breaches and any resulting enforcement action is conducted in consultation with other relevant authorities, including local councils, to facilitate a coordinated and constructive compliance approach.
Below is a summary of the Department’s compliance activities in relation to breaches:
Page last updated: 29/05/2017