What is a Notice from Council?
Receiving a Notice from Council or a ‘Notice of intention to issue an order’ under section s.76A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 can be one of the most scary letters you can receive as a property owner. With penalties for a breach of the Act of over $1.1m for illegal building work, it can lead to a stressful time.
What do I need to do?
Often Notice from Council is given because someone has undertaken building work without approval. When a complaint is received and Council verifies that the work has been done without permission, they can give a ‘Notice of intention to issue an order’. Remember that at this point no order has been issued, but if not handled promptly an order will be issued.
If you are given a Notice from Council, it is important to remember three things:
- Do not ignore the notice from council.
- Keep in mind that it is a notice of intention to issue an order; it is not the actual order. This means that you still have time before formal proceedings and penalties commence.
- Contact us to help you deal with Council and put together the appropriate application for approval.
Why do I need your help?
We are a group of Certified Practicing Planners, many of us are ex-Council staff with inside knowledge of the development application and assessment process. If you get the right advice, it is possible to stop the order from being issued. In addition, you can get the approval you need without having to demolish. Call our town planning consultancy for expert advice on how to respond to a ‘Notice of intention to issue an order’.