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The City of Canterbury Bankstown is cracking down on businesses that operate outside their approved hours.
This year alone, Council has handed out five fines to businesses found to be starting early, or closing late, in contravention of their Development Consent.
Administrator, Richard Colley, said local residents are assisting Council officers in nabbing offenders by providing information.
“It’s very important residents call Council’s Customer Service Centre when they believe a business is operating outside its normal working hours,” Mr Colley said.
“Acting on information, Council officers recently conducted overnight surveillance of premises at Greenacre, Punchbowl, Padstow, and Bankstown.
“As a result, three businesses, from the manufacturing, retail and food sector were caught, with one business receiving a $6000 fine and the other two receiving warnings.
“Businesses may receive one warning but, if they continue to breach their operating hours, these heavy fines are imposed.”
Fines range between $3,000 and $6,000 and, if the breach is severe, Council may take legal action.
“I hope these serious penalties are enough to act as a deterrent for businesses doing the wrong thing," Mr Colley said.
“Businesses which do not operate legally are breaking the law and acting as inconsiderately. They often impact local residents trying to go about their lives.”
Businesses wishing to amend their opening hours should contact Council and submit the relevant application so it can be assessed.
For more advice on compliance, or amending a current development application, call Canterbury-Bankstown’s Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000.
8/12/2016 7:04 PM