Becoming an Incorporated Group

You may wish to start your own group to voice concerns over a development or to address other environmental issues. If you do this, you need to decide whether to give your group legal authority by incorporating or becoming a company.

This factsheet was last updated in January 2018.

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Third Party Standing in Planning Matters

Members of the public often want to challenge an environment or planning decision made by the ACT Government in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT). However, not every decision is a decision that ACAT can review, nor is everyone, or every organisation, entitled to seek review of a decision. This factsheet discusses "standing" - the right to have an issue heard by a court or tribunal.

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Common Boundaries and Fences

As a resident in the ACT, we all share boundaries, and fences, with neighbours. Laws about fences are found in the Planning and Development Regulation 2008 (ACT), Common Boundaries Act 1981 (ACT), Building (General) Regulation 2008 (ACT) and the Territory Plan 2008 (ACT). Fences can be expensive and can be a source of disputes between neighbours. This factsheet provides basic information on the fencing requirements in the ACT, and what you can do if a conflict arises.

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Trees on Boundaries

Living in a leafy, tree-filled community like Canberra gives us a range of benefits. Trees are a beautiful and integral part of our neighbourhoods. Yet conflicts can and do arise between neighbours and local government as a result of trees on boundaries.

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Neighbourhood disputes

Disputes often arise between neighbours about environmental issues including light pollution, noise pollution, and pollution from smoke, dust, odour and fumes. This factsheet will look at these issues specifically, but also the general issue of neighbourhood disputes, including what you can do to resolve these disputes and when you can take a matter to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT).

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Planning Appeals in the ACT

Decisions are made under the Planning and Development Act 2007 (ACT) (PD Act) every day. These decisions impact on applicants and the general public alike, depending on the nature of the decision. Some, but not all, decisions made under the PD Act are reviewable. This factsheet discusses planning and development decisions that are reviewable at the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT).

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Freedom of Information in the ACT

The Freedom of Information Act 2016 (ACT) (FOI Act) allows you to access government information held by an agency, or Minister in the ACT. Getting access to government-held information is an important way for you to properly participate in government processes and improved decision-making and to hold the government accountable to the public. This fact sheet contains information about how you can access information in the ACT using the FOI Act.

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Cats - Your Responsibilities

This factsheet outlines the responsibilities of owning a cat in the ACT.

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Dogs - Your Responsibilities

This factsheet outlines the responsibilities involved in owning a dog.

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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Noise Pollution Law

Noise pollution in the ACT is regulated by the Environment Protection Act 1997. Regulations under the Act set specific noise pollution requirements. In addition there are three Environment Protection Policies covering noise generally as well as motor sport noise and concert noise. 

This factsheet was last updated in March 2010.

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Tree Protection Law

Significant trees in the ACT urban environment are identified and protected through the Tree Protection Act 2005 . The Act creates an ACT Tree Register, a Tree Advisory Panel and measures to control damage to ‘protected’ trees. 

This factsheet was last updated in March 2010.

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Heritage Protection Law

The ACT Heritage Act 2004 in conjunction with Commonwealth legislation, notably the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), is intended to protect the ACT’s heritage places and objects for future generations – those places and objects valued by communities for their historic, spiritual, cultural, ecological or evolutionary characteristics.

The Heritage Act creates the ACT Heritage Register, the ACT Heritage Council and a set of processes for assessing and protecting significant heritage places and objects. 

This factsheet was last updated in March 2010.

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Pollution Control Law

The Environment Protection Act 1997 is the Australian Capital Territory’s main legislation for managing pollution. It requires that certain activities be licensed and subject to environmental standards. In addition it places a general environmental duty on all individuals and businesses in the community to take steps to prevent or minimise pollution that their activities may cause. The Act and its regulations are enforced by the Environment Protection Authority. Pollution is also governed by the common law. 

This factsheet was last updated in March 2010.

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Summernats and Noise

Read this factsheet to understand your rights about the noise generated during the Summernats festival.

This factsheet was last updated in December 2018.

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