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Certainty sought for compliance funding

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


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


We are consulting with councils, industry and stakeholders to develop a new compliance levy framework, which will be implemented in stages, from 1 July 2021, to ensure councils have enough time to adapt to the changes. 


Included in the framework is a new levy structure for complying development certificates (CDCs) and new provisions for compliance cost notices. 


A staged approach

1 July 2021

  • Changes to regulation changes will be made to prohibit compliance levies on DAs for all councils.
  • The changes include a six-month transition period to allow councils that already charge compliance levies on DAs to continue doing so until 31 December 2021.

As at 1 September 2021

  • New compliance cost notice provisions will come into effect for all councils.
  • A new compliance levy on CDCs will come into effect for all councils.

As at 1 January 2022

  • Councils may no longer charge compliance levies on DAs.


What happens next?

The Department is working with councils and the development industry to achieve a sustainable compliance levy framework that provides transparency and consistency for the sector. 

The department will be conducting further consultation with interested councils and industry stakeholders.  


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Page last updated: 11/05/2021