Illegal activity or land use


Report illegal activity

Unauthorised development or building work

Council has a statutory role in ensuring compliance with approvals as well as dealing with unauthorised development. This includes illegal land use or unauthorised building activity.  

We encourage people to undertake their land use activities with proper consent and approvals to avoid causing a nuisance or acting in breach of legislation. We also rely on the community to report unauthorised work and provide evidence to assist Council in taking action.

Compliance Officers use their discretion when dealing with such matters, taking into account the evidence, cost to the community of any action, details of the case, public policy and legal precedent.

Council has a compliance policy(PDF, 130KB) which guides the approach and response to a range of compliance issues.

Reporting unauthorised development

If you believe you have unauthorised work or development at your property, or for a property you're considering buying, you should contact Council to discuss how it can be handled. Read more about buying and selling property.

If you have concerns about a neighbouring property, we encourage all residents to talk to their neighbours about nuisance problems before contacting us.

Report an illegal activity

To report concerns about illegal building works, or other activities such as dumping or clearing of land, contact us or use the online form below.

To report anything urgent that needs immediate attention, such as pollution, call 02 6670 2400 (including out of hours).

Click here to view form.