Environmental Health

Protect yourself and the environment around you and learn more about the regulations to ensure Newcastle remains a great place to live, work and visit.

Acid Sulfate Soils

Works on land affected by acid sulfate soils for which development consent is required may not be issued with consent without Council first being provided an Acid Sulfate Soils Management Plan.

Air Handling Systems

An air handling system refers to a system where air is recirculated through ducts to remove heat. These systems may incorporate an air-cooling or water cooling system.


A safe home means a safe family and a safe community, which is why it is important that home renovators in the Hunter find out what they are dealing with before they start building and renovating.

Business Pollution

The Business Pollution Prevention Program aims to assist businesses in reducing their impact on the local environment. The program is based around a series of proactive business inspections and assessments throughout the Newcastle area.

Clean seas - turn the tide on plastic

City of Newcastle has endorsed the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign to phase out all single-use plastic from City-managed enterprises, activities and events on City land by 2020.

Erosion and Sediment

All builders and developers are required to prepare an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan showing how they will minimise soil erosion and trap sediment that may be eroded from the site during construction.

Hair, Skin, Beauty

If you want to start a business that includes beauty treatments, piercing, tattooing or any other skin penetration procedures you need to register your business with Council. Council carries out inspections of these businesses.

Illegal Earthworks

A campaign is underway to raise the awareness of residents and businesses of the risks that unapproved earthworks can pose to properties and the environment. By talking to Council before undertaking earthworks, residents can ensure that correct...

Lead Paint

Lead can pose a health threat and should be removed carefully. If lead paint is not properly removed and / or cleaned up after removal enforcement action may be taken by Council.

On-site Sewage Systems

On-site sewage management systems are designed for the treatment and disposal of wastewater in a safe and healthy manner. These systems are necessary in areas where there is no direct connection to sewer infrastructure available.

Smoke, Ash and Fumes

Smoking woodheaters can produce two or three times as much fine particulate pollution as cars. Woodsmoke also contains noxious gases like carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen and a range of organic compounds (some toxic).

Water Pollution

The development of land for towns and cities has significant impacts on the water cycle. There are many causes of water pollution such as sediment, urban water run off and industrialisation.