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Latrobe Local News:
Secure permits to avoid building prosecutions and fines.
By Portal Admin - 30th December 2017 - Back to News
Latrobe City Council is calling for residents intending to start a building project to ensure they have the relevant permits or they may face prosecution and incur a fine.
Recently, a local resident was found guilty in the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court of an offence against the Building Act 1993 for starting construction of a commercial workshop without a building permit. The resident was sentenced to a good behaviour bond with an order made to contribute to Council’s legal costs. The resident was also required to complete rectification works to ensure the building was brought up to minimum standards.
Latrobe City Council chief executive officer Gary Van Driel said it was vital that residents or builders understood the importance of obtaining building permits before starting a project.
"It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure that all permits are obtained. This isn’t just about ticking regulatory boxes, it’s about meeting minimum standards for the health, safety and amenity of our built environment," Mr Van Driel said.
"Permits allow us to monitor the progress of building projects and to measure them against the requirements.
"Our building team is always happy to give advice and information on building projects. Please contact us before you start work."
Visit www.latrobe.vic.gov.au/Building_and_Planning/Building/Building_Permits or phone 1300 367 700.
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