$5,000 fine for building without a permit
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Jandakot builder Kerry George Parsons (BC4277 & BP4277) has been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay a fine of $5,000 for negligent conduct.
Mr Parsons was found to be negligent under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011 in carrying out a building service without a valid building permit, which is an offence under the Building Act 2011. Valued at $1 million, the building work involved the construction of a four-storey residential dwelling in Coogee in 2015.
Mr Parsons’ conduct came to the attention of the Building Commission through a complaint made against him by the City of Cockburn in May 2015. The City carried out three separate site inspections where it found unauthorised building work had continued to be carried out at the site, despite it having:
- in May 2015 advised Mr Parsons that the uncertified building permit application and plans for forward works were pending upon the receipt of a structural engineer’s certification and consent forms for work affecting other land;
- in May 2015 advised Mr Parsons that the building permit application had been refused due to the unapproved building work at the site; and
- in July 2015 ordered the work be stopped as a building permit had not been issued for the construction of the dwelling.
The unauthorised building work, which included site works, storm water and pre-lay work and the erection of tilt-up panels, was retrospectively approved by the City. In August 2015, a building permit was issued for the remaining work.
This is not the first time Mr Parsons has faced disciplinary action for building offences. In August 2006, following an investigation by the former Builders’ Registration Board, he was ordered by the State Administrative Tribunal to pay a fine of $1,000 for carrying out a building service without a valid building permit and failing to ensure the work was in accordance with the planning approval.
“In Western Australia, a building permit is required before building work, as defined in the Building Act 2011, is carried out,” said Building Commission Acting Executive Director Jane Vallance.
“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.
“The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name those who put the public interest and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”
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