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Earthworks & retaining walls
Approval for earthworks
Earthworks involve the excavation or filling of land. Development consent from Council is needed for most earthworks, including earthworks that are significant in scale (eg cutting and filling of greater than 600mm) or in sensitive areas (eg near waterways).

To be exempt from requiring approval, earthworks must meet all of the general, land-based and specific requirements, specified in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or be specifically exempted by Council's Local Environmental Plan.

Disposal of excavated material
Any excavated material to be taken off site must be disposed of at a lawful waste disposal facility.

Transporters of waste risk hefty fines if any waste is dumped illegally in the bush or on the roadside and our community and environment suffers too. Try to keep copies of waste dockets/receipts from waste facilities as proof you have done the right thing.

Retaining structures
Development approval is needed for most retaining walls 600mm or greater in height, unless expressly exempted from requiring approval.

To be exempt from requiring approval, earthworks must meet all of the general, land-based and specific requirements, specified in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 or be specifically exempted by Council's Local Environmental Plan.


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290