Civil enforcement

Civil enforcement is legal action that can be taken by any person in relation to an alleged or anticipated breach of the Development Act 1993 (SA). A typical action would be against a person who undertakes development without approval, or fails to comply with conditions attached to the approval. This is not an appropriate form of action to complain about the council's decision-making process or any mistakes made.

Section 85 of the Development Act 1993 (SA) provides that "Any person may apply to the Court for an order to remedy or restrain a breach of this Act". The types of remedies that can be sought from the court include: injunctions, declarations and compensation (damages). The procedure for bringing section 85 proceedings is complicated and legal advice should be sought. There is also a three year limitation period which can serve to entrench long-standing illegal developments unless the Attorney-General agrees to extend the time limit for court proceedings.

Civil enforcement  :  Last Revised: Wed Aug 27th 2014
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