Building surveyor found negligent and fined

Registered building surveyor Raymond Edward Stent (reg. BSP90 & BSC90), of Buller, has been fined $1,500 by the Building Services Board for five counts of negligent conduct under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The Board found Mr Stent was negligent in issuing four Certificates of Design Compliance (CDC) and one Certificate of Building Compliance (CBC) without sufficient information to establish if the proposed building work complied with the applicable building standards.

The CDCs were issued between October 2013 and May 2014 for building work that involved the relocation of a building in Eradu; the construction of a domestic garage in Geraldton; and the construction of two single dwellings, one in Sunset Beach and the other in Geraldton. The CBC was issued in April 2014 and was for unapproved works on a patio, deck and shed in Wandina.

In May 2014, the Building Commission received a disciplinary complaint from the City of Geraldton regarding the standard of Mr Stent’s building surveying work on numerous building work projects submitted to the City for approval. The Commission found the City’s concerns regarding five certificates issued by Mr Stent to be justified and referred the matter to the Board.

In determining the penalty to be imposed, the Board took into consideration Mr Stent’s cooperation with Building Commission investigators, his willingness to ensure future compliance and that he had no previous convictions, findings or warnings for statutory breaches or disciplinary matters under the Western Australian building laws. Mr Stent has agreed to participate in a compliance audit by the Building Commission to ensure he understands his legislative obligations and responsibilities as a level 2 building surveying contractor.

“Ensuring compliance with the building standards is the fundamental role of building surveyors – their role helps to ensure the buildings Western Australians live in, work in and visit are safe,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“Serious consequences can result should a building surveyor fail to meet their responsibilities. These consequences may include disciplinary or prosecution action by the Building Services Board or worse, the serious injury or death of others.

“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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02 Dec 2015

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