Builder fined for misleading permit applications

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Guildford builder George Bernard Buckley (Reg. BC100626 & BP100779) has been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay a $5,000 fine for misleading conduct.

Mr Buckley was found to have misled the City of Belmont and the City of Cockburn by applying for building permits for work that had already been completed and making representations that he was the builder for the work when he was not.

Both building permit applications were submitted in February 2014 and were for the fit out of a pathology collection centre – one in Cloverdale and the other in Jandakot.

The City of Belmont issued a building permit for the work at the Cloverdale site in April 2014 that named Mr Buckley as the builder. The City of Cockburn, having discovered the work had already been completed, refused to issue a building permit for the Jandakot site and brought the matter to the attention of the Building Commission’s Enforcement Branch.

The Building Commission’s investigation uncovered that a disciplinary matter also existed in relation to the Cloverdale site and resulted in the disciplinary action taken by the Board.

“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 Moshe Gilovitz.

“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 consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

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29 May 2015

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