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Certainty sought for compliance funding

The NSW Government is undertaking a review of compliance levies to create a more certain, consistent and transparent system for funding building compliance across councils.


The new framework aims to ensure councils have the resources necessary to ensure builders are following the rules, while minimising the impact on those builders who seek to do the right thing. 


What does this mean?

1. Councils will not be able to charge compliance levies under the Local Government Act 1993 from 1 July 2021.

2. The department will develop a new levy structure for complying development certificates under the Environment Planning and Assessment Regulation to come into effect from 1 July 2021.

3. The Department will review compliance cost notices seeking to ensure that they cover the costs of investigation and are simple to use.


Councils are still be able to fund compliance activities while the review is being undertaken through penalty notices and compliance cost notices. Councils can collect up to $1,000 for any costs and expenses related to investigating an order, and $500 for preparing and serving the notice to give an order.

What are we doing?

Consultation with councils and the development industry is currently underway. 

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Page last updated: 29/03/2021