FAQ Development & Building Compliance

These topics have been provided to assist customers with Council information.

Note: This advice does not substitute for the full planning controls of North Sydney Council. Site conditions may invalidate any aspect of these controls or this advice.

If you have any specific questions regarding the following, please contact the Planning and Development Advisor:

  1. Phone: 9936 8100
  2. Email: council@northsydney.nsw.gov.au
    *Please include your name and contact telephone number(s) on any email.

 

I have read Part 3.1 and Schedule 2 - Exempt Development, of the North Sydney LEP 2013, and Parts 1 and 2 of State Environmental Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, however, I am not sure whether the works I intend to carry out fit within this category.

 

How do I obtain information in relation to a complaint lodged with Council regarding my property?

 

What happens if I undertake works/development at my property without development consent?

 

Construction hours? What hours can construction and demolition works be carried out?

 

My property has been damaged as a result of works/development undertaken at the adjoining property, what should I do?


I have read Part 3.1 and Schedule 2 - Exempt Development, of the North Sydney LEP 2013, and Parts 1 and 2 of State Environmental Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, however, I am not sure whether the works I intend to carry out fit within this category.

If you have read

Part 3.1 and Schedule 2 - Exempt Development of the North Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2013,

and

Parts 1 and 2 of State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008,

but are unsure, you may contact Council's Planning and Development Advisor (contact details above) to assist you in determining whether a DA is required.

 

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How do I obtain information in relation to a complaint lodged with Council regarding my property?

Should you wish to view Council's files regarding an alleged complaint against your property, you can submit a Freedom of Information application form online:

GIPA - informal access to information  

It should be noted, Council Policy is not to provide identity details of complainants, however, if the customer wishes to pursue the issue the only course of action is through this Freedom of Information application where, on payment of the prescribed fee, Council will contact the complainant to determine whether such details can be released. Only where agreement from the complainant is received will details be released to the FOI applicant.

Should you wish to view Council's files in relation to a property other than your own, then submit the same online application above.

 

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What happens if I undertake works/development at my property without development consent?

Council may investigate the works/development that have been undertaken and instigate appropriate action in accordance with Council's D3-01 Compliance and Enforcement Policy (154KB). Note: retrospective development consent cannot be granted.

 

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What hours can construction and demolition works be carried out?

Generally speaking, a condition is imposed on a development consent restricting construction and demolition works to be carried out within the following times:

  • Building construction 7.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 1.00pm inclusive on Saturday.
  • No work is permitted on Sunday and Public Holidays.
  • Demolition and excavation works are permitted between 8.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday only.
  • Should you observe work being carried out on a building site outside the above times you may contact Council's Rangers Department on 9936 8100.
  • Out of hours works where approved are listed on our OOH works webpage here.

Note: The above mentioned times relate to works approved under a development consent.


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My property has been damaged as a result of works/development undertaken at the adjoining property, what should I do?

Council is unable to grant permission for one property owner to access another property to carry out works, including repair. Should the works/development from which the damage resulted be subject to a development consent, contact the Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) to inform them of the issue.

As Council may only enforce requirements of a condition of a development consent, you may need to attend mediation with the Community Justice Centre (see www.cjc.nsw.gov.au) or commence your own civil proceedings.

 

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