Stop and think before building without approval.
A planning approval cannot be issued after a building has been built. Breaches of planning laws are criminal offences which can lead to convictions carrying a criminal record.
If Council is made aware of a building on a property where approval is required but has not been received, Council officers will investigate and take the appropriate action under Council’s Enforcement Policy.
Illegal building works can be costly and difficult to resolve for the owner. Most importantly, the costs involved will most likely outweigh the standard cost of Council planning approval.
Costs may include:
- On-the-spot fines (of between $750 and $3000);
- Court imposed fines of up to $1.2 million;
- Paying an engineer or building consultant to certify the building;
- Paying registered land surveyors, architects or draftsmen to certify works;
- Fees for a Council certificate to regularise the works.
Difficulties may include:
- If works are not completed, you may be ordered to stop works by Council until further notice, causing significant delays;
- You may be subject to complaints from neighbours;
- The uncertainty of whether the building works can be certified. Certification post-building works is not always possible;
- If the building cannot be certified, the unauthorised building works may devalue your property.
At worst, you may be ordered by Council or the Court to demolish the illegal building, or restore the building to its original form.
Please seek advice from Council's Environmental Services section prior to commencing work by calling 9748 9999.