Disputes with Local Councils

We can help you in the following areas:

  • Access to Council records under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009
  • Rights of appeal against a council's decision to refuse or approve a development application
  • Prospects of succeeding in an appeal to the Land and Environment Court or successfully defending proceedings commenced against you by a local council or private individual
  • Advice to third parties on rights of appeal against a Council's decision to refuse or approve a development application
  • Representation in the Land and Environment Court in proceedings by councils for breaches of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Local Government Act 1993, Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, Companion Animals Act 1998 and other local government and planning legislation
  • Advice to applicants prior to lodgement of a development application on prospects of obtaining development consent
  • Advice regarding a council's refusal or approval of an application under a tree management order
  • Advice regarding council orders under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Local Government Act 1993 for illegal or unauthorised development
  • Reclassification of council-owned land
  • Advice on rights of appeal to the Land and Environment Court against refusals of applications for a building certificate
  • Appeals against rating decisions
  • Advice on appeals against rezoning of land
  • Advice on the impact of, and rights of appeal against, proposed heritage listings
  • Preparation of written objections to proposed development
  • Advice on the preparation of objections to development standards under State Environmental Planning Policy No 1.