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Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Current version for 25 June 2019 to date (accessed 21 August 2019 at 12:10)
608 Council fees for services
(1) A council may charge and recover an approved fee for any service it provides, other than a service provided, or proposed to be provided, on an annual basis for which it is authorised or required to make an annual charge under section 496 or 501.(2) The services for which an approved fee may be charged include the following services provided under this Act or any other Act or the regulations by the council:• supplying a service, product or commodity• giving information• providing a service in connection with the exercise of the council’s regulatory functions—including receiving an application for approval, granting an approval, making an inspection and issuing a certificate• allowing admission to any building or enclosure.(3) In particular, a council may charge an approved fee for inspecting premises that are reasonably required to be inspected in the exercise of the council’s functions, whether or not the inspection is requested or agreed to by the owner or occupier of the premises.(4) However, a council may not charge an approved fee for the inspection of premises that are not used for a commercial activity, except where it is necessary to inspect the premises in connection with an application for an approval concerning the premises or in connection with any inspection that is reasonably necessary to determine if an approval has been complied with.(5) (Repealed)(6) If inspections of premises are reasonably necessary to determine if an approval has been complied with:(a) an approved fee may be charged for such an inspection only if the charging of the fee has been included as a condition of the approval, and(b) an approved fee may not be charged for such an inspection before the approval is granted, and(c) an approved fee may not be charged for the inspection of any thing for which the council relies on a certificate under section 93 that the thing has been done in compliance with the approval.(7) An approved fee charged for inspecting premises must be repaid to the person who paid it if the inspection is not carried out.(8) An approved fee charged in connection with a service provided at an airport established and maintained by the council may be recovered from the holder of the certificate of registration issued under the Civil Aviation Regulations of the Commonwealth for the aircraft in respect of which the service was provided. This subsection applies whether or not the holder is the person to whom the service is actually provided.