What is an overgrown allotment?
An allotment that, in the opinion of a Council Officer, is overgrown with vegetation (includes trees, bush, shrub, plant or grass) to such an extent that it seriously affects the visual amenity of the allotment, or be likely to attract or harbour reptiles or vermin.
What action does Council take?
An inspection is carried by a Council Officer. If the Officer believes the property is overgrown, contact is made with the owner asking them to clear the allotment to Council’s satisfaction within an agreed timeframe.
What happens in the event of non-compliance?
If the owner fails to clear the land within the specified period, Council will serve a Compliance Notice giving them a further fourteen (14) days to carry out the required works.
If the owner doesn’t undertake the required work, Council will give notice of it’s intention to enter the property and undertake the required work and an on the spot fine may be issued.
The costs associated with Council undertaking the work then become the responsibility of the owner.
To lodge a request
If you are aware of an overgrown allotment please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on telephone 4783 9800. When notifying Council of an overgrown allotment your name and address will be required together with the location of the offending property. NOTE: Personal details are treated confidentially.