The Development Department includes:
- Building and Planning
- Emergency Management
- Public Health
The Development Department provides a broad range of development services to residents and ratepayers as well as services to prospective new residents and developers. The Development Department is responsible for services such as town planning, land use studies, environmental health, building services, domestic animal management, school crossing safety, parking and enforcement of local and state legislation.
Building and Planning
The Development department is responsible for managing building and development applications and to provide information on planning legislation, planning policies and processes.
Local laws are designed to provide peace, order and good governance to Benalla Rural City. They help to create a healthy environment in which the community can enjoy a quality of life that meets its expectations. Local laws ensure safe and equitable use and enjoyment of public spaces, the protection and enhancement of local amenities and the environment and fair and reasonable enjoyment of private land.
We ensure compliance with local laws and state legislation to protect the community and maintain public amenity. This includes:
- Managing compliance regulations and local laws
- Domestic and livestock animal control
- Managing school crossings and supervisors
- Enforce parking and road regulations
- Tobacco control inspections.
Read more about what kinds of activities require a permit in Benalla Rural City on our local law permits page.
The Council has a statutory obligation to enforce specific legislation. Road Safety Road Rules 2017 is the Victorian legislation that the Council must enforce within Benalla Rural City, as part of the Road Safety Act 1996.
Read more about common road laws that Councils around Victoria need to enforce and information about how the infringement process works on our local law detail page.
Find out more about animal management in Benalla Rural City.
Emergency Management plans for emergencies, liaising with many government and non-government organisations. The department supports other staff with statutory responsibilities for resourcing emergency works, recovery from incidents and fire management activities.
It conducts property inspections, fire prevention activities and compliance, meeting management including Municipal Fire Management, It involves planning for, responding to and recovering from emergencies such as fire, flood, tornado, major accidents and supporting safe events.
If you want to find out more about Benalla Rural City Council's emergency management practices, visit our Fire, Flood & Emergency page.
The public health team promotes the health and wellbeing of residents through a range of public health programs. This includes the prevention of infectious disease and the minimisation of public health risks within the community.
The public health role is varied and works under legislation such as the Food Act 1984, the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 and the Environment Protection Act 1970.
Some of the tasks undertaken by Public Health include:
- health promotion and education
- provision of community and school immunisation programs
- investigation of infectious disease outbreaks
- routine inspection of accommodation premises
- routine inspection of Health Act registered health business premises
- routine inspection of Food Act registered premises
- monitoring of community food events
- routine food and water sampling
- testing water quality in public pools and spas
- approval of wastewater disposal (eg. installation of septic tank systems)
- provision of advice on general pest control, identification and eradication
- investigation of residential complaints relating to noise and odours
- immunisation programs for children and adults
In addition to these direct services public health officers are also involved in planning and policy development around:
- emergency management
- land use planning