Unregistered builder fined

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Broome man Colin John Lonsdale (44) has been fined $1,500 and ordered to pay costs of $196 in the Broome Magistrates Court for undertaking building work without being a registered builder.

Mr Lonsdale did not attend court and was convicted in his absence of undertaking unregistered building works valued at $42,300 to a commercial property in Hunter Street Broome.

“Mr Lonsdale had previously stated ignorance of the law and advised he was no longer involved in the building industry. The law applies equally to everyone and is in place to ensure high building standards are maintained to protect the safety of occupants,” Building Commissioner Peter Gow said.

Generally, a person undertaking building works must be licensed if the total of the work is valued at over $20,000.

The Building Commission regulates and develops Western Australia’s dynamic and diverse industries involved in building, painting and plumbing.

To check if a builder is registered, or for other building industry advice, visit www.buildingcommission.wa.gov.au or telephone
1300 489 099.

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Mike Winchester T (08) 9476 1335  M 0409 118 982  E mike.winchester@commerce.wa.gov.au

Building Commission
Media release
01 Dec 2011

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