Reporting an unsightly property

1. Overview

An unsightly property can simply be one where lawns are too long, weeds are out of control and the garden needs attention. At the other end of the scale, an unsightly property can resemble a junk yard with excessive machinery, hard waste or building materials. 

2. What is an unsightly property?

A property or premises can be considered unsightly, and possibly dangerous, if it has one or more of the following:

  • Unconstrained or excessive rubbish
  • Disused excavation, machinery, vehicles or waste material
  • Accumulated items
  • Excessive vegetation, including grass or weeds exceeding 200mm in height
  • Graffiti which is visible to the public.

In a commercial/industrial environment, unsightly properties can also have a detrimental impact on business because potential customers associate poor housekeeping/property maintenance practice with poor business practice.

3. What is the law?

It is in everyone’s interest that properties are well maintained, whether private, commercial or industrial. For these reasons, Section 3.1 of Central Goldfields Shire Local Law requires property owners and occupiers to maintain their properties and prevent them from being dangerous or unsightly.

4. Do you have excess rubbish or building material?

Council's Transfer Stations located in Bealiba, Carisbrook, Dunolly and Talbot is available to all residents, and is the place to go if you have rubbish or excess material on your property. For many items, it is free.


5. How to report an unsightly property 

You can report an unsightly property online or contact us.