Builders in New South Wales who breach planning rules will now be subject to fines of up to $5,000 as the government moves to beef up deterrents in order to enforce compliance with planning rules.

Under changes to the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 which are now in effect, will see the maximum fine a court can impose upon builders and construction companies for breaches of planning rules has risen from $1.1 million to $5 million, whilst councils have been given greater powers to…