Council's Amenity Local Law Clause 28 requires property owners and occupiers to maintain their properties throughout the year.
The owner or occupier of the land must make sure that the property:
- does not become unsightly,
- does not constitute a danger to health or property,
- is not detrimental to the general amenity of the neighbourhood, and
- is not a haven for noxious weeds or pest animals.
An unsightly 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 200mm in height
- graffiti which is visible to the public
If you become aware of a property that is unsightly, you can report it to Council and we will investigate.
How to report
What happens next?
A Community Safety Officer will investigate the report and may carry out an inspection of the property.
If the officer believes that it does constitute an unsightly property, contact will be made with the property owner, and a request to resolve the issue will be made.
If contact is not made, a Notice to Comply may be issued to the property owner, directing certain works be completed by a specific date.
If the works are not completed by that date or alternative arrangements have not been made with the officer, a contractor may be enlisted to complete the work on behalf of Council. Once the work is completed to the satisfaction of Council an invoice will be sent to the property owner for payment of these works.