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Dwelling Restumping Works Results in Second Conviction and Fines for Unregistered Contractor

Successful legal action against a local unregistered dwelling Contractor.

By Portal Admin - 1st March 2020 - Back to News

Latrobe City Council has successfully pursued legal action against a local unregistered dwelling Contractor.

Charges for breaches to the Building Act 1993 were brought against the contractor for:

  • Restumping a Morwell dwelling without building permit,
  • Receiving money to obtain a building permit but failing to obtain one, and
  • Carrying out the building work when he was not a registered building practitioner.

Magistrate Kelly found the contractor guilty on all charges, imposing a second conviction, a fine of $5000 and costs of $3140.20. He was critical of the builder’s failure to obtain a building permit, be appropriately registered as a Building Practitioner (restumping, reblocking, etc.) and acknowledged that the rights of the elderly property owner had been compromised as a result of the building works.

Latrobe City Council wishes to remind all residents considering building work that they must have received a building permit for any works prior to allowing their contractor to commence any building works. Also residents must ensure that their builder or contractor is a Registered Building Practitioner (RBP) with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA). If residents are unsure they can check the builder’s registration on the VBA’s web site at


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