As a local authority, Council has the responsibility for investigating matters under state legislation. Under some legislation, Council, as the administering authority, may issue show cause and enforcement notices - most often issued by the Development Compliance team for matters relating to the Building Act (1975) and the Planning Act (2016). Generally a show cause notice is issued prior to an enforcement notice. Under some circumstances, such as for dangerous or urgent matters, an enforcement notice will be issued without a show cause notice. Non-compliant swimming pool barriers will often require an enforcement notice under these circumstances.
A show cause notice may be issued during an investigation after Council has examined available facts and circumstances and may be issued in relation to a variety of matters under the Building Act (1975) and the Planning Act (2016). The most common reasons for the issuing of a show cause notice include: