Safer development

If asbestos is present at a development site, the City of Sydney requires specific standard conditions to be applied to reduce asbestos exposure with safe work practices, controls and disposal.

Under NSW regulations asbestos can only be removed by a licensed contractor. As such, owner-builders cannot remove asbestos themselves, unless it is less than 10m² of material.

Before any asbestos is removed from any site the developer must notify all neighbours on premises adjoining or opposite in writing, which must include details of the:

  • date(s) and time(s) of removal
  • name of the licensed removalist
  • site contact information including telephone, fax and email details.

The City has certain regulations and guidelines dealing with asbestos removal. Our policy can also be downloaded below.

Exempt and complying development

If your site is an exempt or complying development you will need to provide your Principal Certifying Authority (PCA) with a copy of the contract with the licensed asbestos contractor who will remove the material, which must also specify the landfill site that can lawfully accept it.

Links below provide more detailed information from the NSW Government about asbestos.


WorkCover: Asbestos 


For further information, please contact the City's development team:

02 9265 9333

Last updated: Thursday, 6 December 2012