Builders and developers are required to prepare erosion and sediment control plans showing how they will minimise soil erosion and trap sediment that may be eroded from a site during the construction of a building. The complexity of the plan depends upon the nature and the scale of the development, especially the amount of land that is likely to be disturbed.
The Protection Of the Environment Operations Act gives Councils the power to issue cleanup or prevention notices and issue on the spot fines of up to $1500 if soil is washed or has the potential to wash from a construction site. Higher penalties can be imposed for serious pollution incidents.
The basic principles of effective erosion and sediment controls are:
- Make sure everyone working on the site understands how important it is to prevent the pollution of stormwater.
- Do not disturb more of the site than you have to and have a stabilised access point.
- Install erosion and sediment controls before starting any works.
- Maintain and modify your erosion and sediment control works throughout the construction phase.
For more detailed information refer to Council's policy
Stormwater protection on construction sites