18 September 2012 — The cost of local government red tape is under review by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal. The Tribunal is also seeking public submissions as part of its “Local government compliance and enforcement” review. Chairman Peter Boxall said red tape was imposing unnecessary cost on businesses, the community and councils. “Local government’s responsibilities are broad and the way regulations are enforced impacts everything from planning, building and parking to public health and safety, environmental protection and companion animal management,” he said. Submissions on the issues paper are due on 20 October 2012 with a public roundtable to be held in Sydney on 4 December. A further public review will be held after the draft report is released in March 2013.