Containers must have Shire approval
■ The bulk of sea containers at homes could start costing City of Karratha residents $500 a day in penalty rates for being unapproved and non-compliant with building standards.
Like any shed or outbuilding on a residential property, sea containers require a permit to meet Australian building standards.
A City-wide audit this year found there were 185 sea containers on residential properties and so far half have lodged submissions for planning approval but most have not met the requirements for residential use.
Mayor Peter Long said the City saw a lot of people buying containers from removalist companies when they moved to town.
“However, we would strongly urge all residents to consider the requirements before committing to taking a container,” he said.
“They can also become extremely dangerous in severe weather conditions and, with a number of containers toppling over during cyclone Christine, council has made it a priority to ensure all storage containers have the relevant approvals and safety foundations in place.”
With cyclone season approaching, the City is urging residents to comply with the laws or face penalties.
The upcoming cyclone season also means green waste collections will begin again.
The City wants households to start trimming overgrown trees and clear loose objects from their yards.
Air-conditioners, batteries, bricks, building materials, chemicals, car bodies, concrete, dirt, gravel, fire extinguishers, food oils, flares, freezers, fridges, fuel, gas bottles, glass, liquids, paints, pesticides and tyres will not be removed by the City.
City officials will also be inspecting properties for bushfire and cyclone compliance.
Properties with safety issues will be issued notices.
The last date for the placement of rubbish on verges is October 12 in Dampier, Karratha Airport, Bulgarra and the city centre; October 21 in Millars Well and Pegs Creek; October 30 in Baynton and Nickol; and November 6 in Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson.
City of Karratha senior ranger Darrell Hutchens checks the tie-downs of a sea container.