Get the site right


‘Get the Site Right’ enforces best practice soil erosion and sediment controls on building sites. It aims to protect our waterways. Sediment run-off can destroy aquatic habitats and smother native plants and animals.

Council officers patrol and undertake inspections to ensure that appropriate controls are in place. In line with the NSW Protection of Environment Operations Act 1997, if builders do not have these controls, they could be fined up to $8,000.

If you are developing or building, use methods in the checklist below to ensure that sediment stays on your site.

  • sediment fence

  • secured stockpiles

  • secured waste

  • stabilised access

  • footpath vegetation

  • sediment sock filter.

Click here(PDF, 606KB) to download the ‘Is your site right?’ brochure.  You can also find more information about the requirements in the ‘Blue Book’ here.

We all play a part in protecting our waterways. You can report pollution incidents to the NSW Environment Line on 131 555 or call us on 9839 6000.

‘Get the Site Right’ is a partnership between the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Cooks River Alliance, Georges River Combined Councils Committee, Sydney Coastal Councils Group, Lake Macquarie Council, NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), Department of Planning and Environment, and more than 20 Sydney councils.