Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Under the Water Quality Policy, on-the-spot fines of $300 may be imposed on builders, owner/occupiers or landscapers of land where pollution has entered, or has the potential to enter, gutters, drains and waterways. Depending on the seriousness of the offence, the EPA may also choose to prosecute through the court. Council Officers regularly inspect construction sites to ensure environmental protection is in place.
In addition, the Local Government Act 1999 includes provisions for local councils to remove and dispose of rubbish and objects placed on public roads and footpaths, and to order an owner or occupier of unsightly land to clean it up. Local councils may issue the following notices:
- Enforcement Notice-Development Act
- Environment Protection Order-Environment Protection Act
- Penalty Infringement Notices (expiations).
Building sites that are small, steep, have limited access or are difficult to build on do not provide a defence for non-compliance with the law.
The main objective is to stop sediment, waste and litter from leaving your site. This requires careful planning and forethought. The way you run your building site can have a large impact on the amount of pollution in stormwater run-off.
By following the information in this practical guide, you can be sure your construction site follows best practice to protect our environment.