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Compliance and enforcement of regulations is a requirement imposed on Council by various pieces of legislation. This function of Council influences the decisions and conduct of the community and businesses.
As a policymaker and regulator, Council uses regulations to shape outcomes and achieve policy goals,. For example environmental regulation is used to prevent damage to the natural environment and planning legislation is used to promote orderly development.
In this regard, from 1 July 2018, all new Development Applications will be subject to an Enforcement and Compliance Levy. The underlying intent of this new Enforcement and Compliance Levy is to better equip Council so that it can successfully respond to the broadening nature and increasing intensity of compliance and enforcement activity.
A compliance levy of 0.25 per cent of the Capital Investment Value of a proposed development will be charged on each development application.
Development Applications to modify an existing consent (pursuant to Section 4.55 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979) will not incur the Levy.
Minor development with a Capital Investment Value less than $100,000 will not incur the Levy.
There is a broad range of areas for which local government in NSW has a regulatory oversight role. Among its key regulatory roles it performs relate to building, planning, food safety and animal management.
The City of Canterbury Bankstown comprises the largest population base for a local government area in NSW. Coupled with a significant growth forecast to 2036 and beyond, there is a clear need to ensure impacts of growth and change are well managed, quality of the urban and natural environment protected and relevant legislative requirements enforced effectively, efficiently and consistently. Underlying this a strong public interest in maintaining an orderly and well maintained city.
The Levy will apply to following functions of Council:
Income from the Levy will improve Council's capacity to efficiently: