THE Building Services Board has fined a home builder $6000 for starting a two-storey house in Doubleview without home indemnity insurance (HII) or a building permit.
Compass Building was fined $3500 for negligence under WA’s building registration laws.
The company’s director and nominated supervisor at the time of the Doubleview project, Robin Pyle, was fined $2500 for failing to properly manage and supervise a building service.
The City of Stirling lodged a complaint with Building and Energy after finding brick walls completed on the ground floor in July 2018 even though a building permit application, submitted in March, had been twice delayed due to the builder’s failure to provide a HII certificate.
Compass Building had taken a $35,750 deposit in June.
The City ordered work to stop and Compass Building and the home owners mutually agreed to terminate a $550,000 contract entered into in January 2018.
Compass Building’s building contractor registration expired in June 2019.
The owners have since obtained a Building Approval Certificate for the unauthorised works and another registered builder completed the house.
Building and Energy acting executive director Saj Abdoolakhan said the requirement for a builder to obtain a HII policy is a fundamental protection for consumers and building work should never commence without relevant approvals in place.