Rules for sea con­tainer use

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - ■ Louise Alling­ham

The City of Kar­ratha is­sued 25 in­fringe­ments last month to peo­ple who failed to com­ply with reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing sea con­tain­ers on res­i­den­tial prop­erty.

Like any shed or out­build­ing on res­i­den­tial prop­erty, sea con­tain­ers re­quire a per­mit to com­ply with Aus­tralian build­ing stan­dards.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said all sea con­tain­ers needed to be prop­erly se­cured to avoid dam­age in cy­clone sea­son.

“While they are gen­er­ally suit­able in them­selves, sea con­tain­ers also need to be ad­e­quately tied down,” he said. “For the safety of all and as with all other struc­tures, we re­quire a per­mit to be is­sued.

“In the ma­jor­ity of cases, the City re­quests the owner makes an ap­pli­ca­tion to our town plan­ning and build­ing ser­vice units to have the sea con­tainer ap­proved — this in­cludes en­gi­neer-cer­ti­fied tiedown de­tails to pre­vent move­ment and dam­age to other struc­ture or in­jury dur­ing a cy­clone.”

Prop­erty own­ers are given a onemonth no­tice to make a sub­mis­sion to the City for ap­proval and com­ply with their reg­u­la­tions.

If the re­quire­ments are not met or are ig­nored, an in­fringe­ment will be served.

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