It is the responsibility of each individual business to minimise the risk of an environmental incident by implementing appropriate control measures.
Regulatory powers are available to Council and its officers under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 to address air, noise, waste and water pollution offences. Council is provided with a range of enforcement options including the service of clean up notices, prevention notices, noise abatement directions, smoke abatement directions, noise control notices, compliance cost notices and Penalty Infringement Notices (on the spot fines).
Significant penalties do apply for not acting within the law:
- A 'tier 1' offence or the most serious offences carry a penalty of up to 7 years in jail. or $5M fine
- A 'tier 2' offence carries a maximum penalty of $1M.
- Minor breaches can result in an infringement notice with a penalty of $4000 for an individual and $8000 for a company.
It should be noted that North Sydney Council Officers only have jurisdiction within the Local Government Area.