Builder Fined for Negligent Conduct

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A JANDAKOT builder has been fined $5000 after he was found guilty of negligent conduct for not having a valid building permit.

The Building Services Board deemed Kerry George Parsons to be negligent under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 after he carried out building works without a valid permit on a four-storey residence in Coogee, valued at $1 million.

The Building Commission said they advised Parsons in May that his building permit application had been refused because unapproved building work had already begun on the site, ordering him in July to stop work.

City of Cockburn retrospectively approved the unauthorised work, including site works, storm water and pre-lay work and the erection of tilt-up panels, and in August a building permit was issued for the rest of the work.

Building Commission acting executive director Jane Vallance said Parsons had also faced disciplinary action in August 2006 for not having the proper building permit.

“In Western Australia, a building permit is required before building work, as defined in the Building Act 2011, is carried out,” she said.

“It is important that builders meet their responsibilities in respect to building permits for safety reasons – it is the person named as the builder on the permit who is responsible for ensuring that the building is completed in accordance with the plans and specifications and complies with the applicable standards.”