10 December 2010
The NSW Government has been spruiking its new compliance and enforcement policies.
The Planning Minister Tony Kelly has said that: ‘The message is clear, compliance with the government’s approval conditions is closely monitored and when breaches occur we will enforce the state’s planning laws including, if necessary, through the courts.
The new policies were adopted in September 2010, they are:
- a Compliance Policy – outlining how the Department of Planning conducts its compliance monitoring and enforcement activities;
- Breach Management Guidelines – outlining how the Department manages potential breaches of the EP&A Act which come to its attention;
- Prosecution Guidelines – outlining the basis upon which a decision to prosecute is made and the factors to be taken into account in bringing prosecutions; and
- Penalty Notice Guidelines – outlining the matters addressed by the Department when issuing penalty notices for offences under the EP&A Act and Regulations.