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A guide on powers of entry: residential premises

18 Apr, 2024

Authorised Council officers are given broad powers to enter and search premises under a range of legislation, including the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act), the Local Government Act 1993 (LG Act) and the Protection of the Environment…

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The 5 common mistakes made in investigations

10 Jan, 2020

Conducting a successful investigation is a complex and difficult task, and investigators need to have a firm grasp on the best techniques to ensure that they gather strong and admissible evidence for future enforcement action. In this blog we look…

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Time limits for the issuing of Penalty Notices

13 Jun, 2019

Enforcement agencies (Agency), such as local councils, regularly use penalty notices (PINs) such as for environment and planning offences under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act) and the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997¬†(POEO Act). A…

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