Fines reinforce the importance of building permits

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Cannington builder Jamie Johnson (BC7035 & BP7035) trading as J. Johnson Building  has been ordered by the Building Services Board to pay fines of $5,000 for two counts of negligent conduct.

Mr Johnson was found to be negligent in carrying out a building service involving the construction of three grouped dwellings at an East Cannington property between June 2011 and April 2014 without a valid building permit and contrary to the approved plans. Both are offences under the Building Act 2011, which led to disciplinary action and fines being ordered by the Board under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

Mr Johnson continued to carry out the building service for at least nine months after the building permit had expired, including engaging persons to carry out electrical, plumbing, gas and building work onsite.

Officers from the Building Commission also uncovered a discrepancy in the materials used in the construction of the roof which were not listed on the building permit and the approved plans.  Rather than the roof being tiled, Mr Johnson used light-weight, corrugated roof sheeting.

“Mr Johnson’s actions demonstrate a disregard for the building laws, which is inexcusable given his 28 years working as a registered builder,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

“To carry out a building service without a current building permit and failing to comply with the approved plans is irresponsible and dangerous. Roofs in particular are a high risk area – especially when light-weight materials are used incorrectly as this could result in the roof failing during a high wind event, cornices cracking or an array of other issues.

“The fines imposed by the Board in this instance send a clear message to anyone who intends to break the building laws that this conduct has the potential to compromise public safety and can attract significant penalties.

“The Building Commission will continue to name those who put consumer interests and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

For information on builders’ responsibilities, visit the Building Commission website, phone 1300 489 099 or email bcinfo@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

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22 Apr 2015

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