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Awnings are part of the buildings to which they are attached and are the responsibility of the owner of the building, even when an awning is located over a public footpath.

The Roads Act 1993 clarifies in section 142(1) the responsibility for awnings over roads (including footpaths) by requiring that a person having a right to control the structure must maintain it in a satisfactory state of repair.

Council requires all owners must submit engineer reports to Council certifying the safety of their awning.

For more information regarding this, please see the below Planning Circular from the NSW Government Planning and Environment Department, or call Council on 9748 9999.

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