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Dangerous and unsightly property

Dangerous and unsightly property

The owner or occupier of the land must make sure that their property:

  • does not become unsightly
  • does not constitute a danger to health or property
  • is not detrimental to the general amenity of the neighbourhood
  • is not a haven for noxious weeds or pest animals

An unsightly or dangerous property can be described as having any of the following:

  • unconstrained or excessive rubbish
  • disused excavation, machinery, vehicles or waste material
  • accumulated items
  • excessive vegetation, including grass or weeds exceeding 250mm in height
  • graffiti which is visible to the public

What happens if my property is identified as unsightly or dangerous?

If an Authorised Officer has inspected your property and have declared it unsightly or dangerous:

  • Council will notify the owner/occupier via a visit, a phone call or a calling card left at the property
  • Council may request the owner/occupier address the issue in a specified time frame with a notice to comply

Penalties for non-compliance

If Council sends you a notice directing certain works be completed by a specific date, you must do so by the time specified in the notice.

If you do not comply:

  • you may receive a fine
  • Council may carry out the required works on your behalf for which you will be liable for all costs in addition to any fines

Report an issue to Council

If you become aware of a property that is unsightly, dangerous or detrimental by the general public, you can report it to Council and we will investigate.

Report an issue to Council

See also

Community Local Law No. 2

Community Local Law No. 2

Provides a safe and healthy environment where residents enjoy a quality of life that meets the general expectations of the community.
Preparing your property

Preparing your property

Property owners have a responsibility to prepare and maintain their property.
For more information
Local Laws
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