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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1993 - SECT 733

Exemption from liability-flood liable land, land subject to risk of bush fire and land in coastal zone

733 Exemption from liability-flood liable land, land subject to risk of bush fire and land in coastal zone

(1) A council does not incur any liability in respect of:
(a) any advice furnished in good faith by the council relating to the likelihood of any land being flooded or the nature or extent of any such flooding, or
(b) anything done or omitted to be done in good faith by the council in so far as it relates to the likelihood of land being flooded or the nature or extent of any such flooding.
(2) A council does not incur any liability in respect of:
(a) any advice furnished in good faith by the council relating to the likelihood of any land in the coastal zone being affected by a coastline hazard (as described in a manual referred to in subsection (5) (b)) or the nature or extent of any such hazard, or
(b) anything done or omitted to be done in good faith by the council in so far as it relates to the likelihood of land being so affected.
(2A) A council does not incur any liability in respect of:
(a) any advice furnished in good faith by the council relating to the likelihood of any land being subject to the risk of bush fire or the nature or extent of any such risk, or
(b) anything done or omitted to be done in good faith by the council in so far as it relates to the likelihood of land being subject to the risk of bush fire.
(3) Without limiting subsections (1), (2) and (2A), those subsections apply to:
(a) the preparation or making of an environmental planning instrument, including a planning proposal for the proposed environmental planning instrument, or a development control plan, or the granting or refusal of consent to a development application, or the determination of an application for a complying development certificate, under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 , and
(b) the preparation or making of a coastal zone management plan, or the giving of an order, under the Coastal Protection Act 1979 , and
(c) the imposition of any condition in relation to an application referred to in paragraph (a), and
(d) advice furnished in a certificate under section 149 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 , and
(e) the carrying out of flood mitigation works, and
(f) the carrying out of coastal management works, and
(f1) the carrying out of bush fire hazard reduction works, and
(f2) anything done or omitted to be done regarding beach erosion or shoreline recession on Crown land, land within a reserve as defined in Part 5 of the Crown Lands Act 1989 or land owned or controlled by a council or a public authority, and
(f3) the failure to upgrade flood mitigation works or coastal management works in response to projected or actual impacts of climate change, and
(f4) the failure to undertake action to enforce the removal of illegal or unauthorised structures that results in erosion of a beach or land adjacent to a beach, and
(f5) the provision of information relating to climate change or sea level rise, and
(f6) anything done or omitted to be done regarding the negligent placement or maintenance by a landowner of temporary coastal protection works, and
(g) any other thing done or omitted to be done in the exercise of a council’s functions under this or any other Act.
(4) Without limiting any other circumstances in which a council may have acted in good faith, a council is, unless the contrary is proved, taken to have acted in good faith for the purposes of this section if the advice was furnished, or the thing was done or omitted to be done, substantially in accordance with the principles contained in the relevant manual most recently notified under subsection (5) at that time.
(5) For the purposes of this section, the Minister for Planning may, from time to time, give notification in the Gazette of the publication of:
(a) a manual relating to the management of flood liable land, or
(b) a manual relating to the management of the coastline, or
(c) a manual relating to the management of land subject to the risk of bush fire.
The notification must specify where and when copies of the manual may be inspected.
(6) A copy of the manual must be available for public inspection, free of charge, at the office of the council during ordinary office hours.
(7) This section applies to and in respect of:
(a) the Crown, a statutory body representing the Crown and a public or local authority constituted by or under any Act, and
(b) a councillor or employee of a council or any such body or authority, and
(c) a Public Service employee, and
(d) a person acting under the direction of a council or of the Crown or any such body or authority, and
(e) Water NSW, but only with respect to the exercise of its functions in the Sydney catchment area (within the meaning of the Water NSW Act 2014 ),
in the same way as it applies to and in respect of a council.
(8) In this section:

"coastal management works" includes the placement and maintenance of temporary coastal protection works.

"coastal zone" has the same meaning as in the Coastal Protection Act 1979 , and includes land previously in the coastal zone under that Act and land that adjoins the tidal waters of the Hawkesbury River, Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay, and their tributaries.

"manual" includes guidelines.



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