The NSW Government is reforming the compliance funding system as part of reforms to build a faster, simpler, modern and fair planning system that makes things happen.
The NSW Government has undertaken a review of compliance levies charged by councils to create a more certain, consistent and transparent planning system.
The changes remove unnecessary levies on development applications.
The new framework provides councils with the resources needed to ensure builders are following the rules, while minimising the impact on those who seek to do the right thing.
We consulted with councils, industry and stakeholders to develop the new compliance levy framework.
The key changes being introduced are:
This new fairer system is underpinned by changes to the compliance cost notices.
A compliance cost notice allows councils to recover the reasonable cost and expenses that they have incurred in connection with compliance activities.
The NSW Government has made changes to these notices to make cost recovery easier for certain council enforcement activities.
This new framework provides councils with the resources needed to ensure builders are following the rules, while minimising the impact on those who seek to do the right thing.
These changes are now in effect and mean that:
An amendment will be required to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (the Act) to allow a levy on complying development certificates to be charged. The NSW Government supports a well-funded and efficient regime for council compliance activities and will look to amend the Act at the first available opportunity.
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Page last updated: 28/10/2021