Pollution

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We all want to see Warringah’s environment free from harmful and unpleasant pollution. Council works with the State Government to clean up pollution. You can help us by reporting it via Request a Service or by calling 9942 2111.

Environmental Legislation

Warringah Council enforces pollution offences in accordance with The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997. Warringah Council is the Appropriate Regulatory Authority (ARA) for Warringah businesses and residents except when:

  • The activity is listed in the schedule of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997
  • There is an Office of Environment & Heritage (OE&H) licence to control pollution from the activity
  • The activity is carried out by an Appropriate Regulatory Authority - such as OE&H.

Requirement to notify a pollution incident

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 requires that pollution incidents that threaten or cause material harm to the environment are notified to the ARA.

Material harm includes incidents such as oil and chemical spills which present actual or potential harm to the health and safety of humans or the environment.

It is the duty of the person carrying out the activity, whether an employee or the occupier of a premises where the incident occurs, to notify the ARA. Failure to do so is an offence.