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 scariest 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.
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:
We are a group of Certified Practicing Planners, many of us used to work inside local government so have 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’.