Council Takes Action Against Illegal Shipping Containers

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Council Takes Action Against Illegal Shipping Containers

Posted on: 04.11.2016

After taking civil enforcement action in the Land and Environment Court for a breach of planning laws, known as Class 4 enforcement action,  Wollondilly Shire Council has secured the removal of a large unauthorised shipping container. 

In this instance the 40 foot shipping container had generated numerous complaints from neighbouring residents as it was located on the border of a private residence and Council’s kerbside. Council had contacted the owner to request they remove the container on numerous occasions but these requests were ignored.

Wollondilly Shire Council has a policy of taking action against unauthorised placement and use of shipping containers on land within the Shire. Shipping containers require development consent in residential zones and a variation to Council’s Control Plans are required to gain approval. Residents must apply through Council to gain consent however approval would only be granted in special circumstances.

In most rural zones only one container is permissible without consent as long as it is used in association with a “commercial agricultural activity”.

Robyn Cooper, Manager Compliance said, “Shipping containers can create severe health and safety issues if they are used for anything other than storage and there have been recent deaths in NSW as a result of people using shipping containers illegally.”

“Should you be considering acquiring a shipping container for placement on your land, you should check with Council’s Planning Staff before proceeding.”

Owners, or occupiers of land, who are found to have an illegal shipping container on their land will be issued with a notice to remove the container. Further compliance action will occur, possibly resulting in the issue of a penalty if Council’s directions are ignored.  

 For more information on Council’s position on Shipping containers contact Council on P: 4677 1100.