EAST Victoria Park-based building surveying company Western Australia Building Certifiers and Assessors (WABCA) has been fined for negligence after a breach of pool safety regulations.
The company and its sole director John Phillip Greenwood have each been fined $2500 for errors in a certificate of design compliance for renovation work at an Iluka property in 2016.
The plans that were certified by WABCA and Mr Greenwood allowed for the installation of a new double door set in place of an existing window.
The doors were shown to open out into the pool area from a rear bedroom in breach of regulations relating to the enclosure of private swimming pools.
The breach was discovered when the City of Joondalup conducted a routine swimming pool safety barrier inspection at the property.
Building Commissioner Ken Bowron said doors opening from a house directly into a swimming pool area had not been permitted in private properties since November 2001.
“The onus is on building surveyors not to certify plans for renovations that are not compliant with the applicable standards,” Mr Bowron said.
“Correct certification lessens the likelihood that non-compliant installations are constructed by contracted builders and have to be rectified at a later date.
“I applaud the local government authorities that bring these certification breaches to our attention.”
The respondents are seeking review of the Board’s decision in the State Administrative Tribunal.