Fined for unlawful garage
An Auckland property owner has been fined tens of thousands of dollars for building a garage without resource consent.
Da Jiang Fan was found guilty by jury on March 2 for the unlawful establishment of a garage at the front of his Onehunga property.
The jury found he deliberately contravened an abatement notice issued in 2012.
Fan was convicted and fined $30,000 with 90 per cent of the fine payable to Auckland Council.
Auckland Council’s general manager of resource consents, Ian Smallburn, says the decision reinforces the importance of complying with district plan rules.
‘‘The ongoing effects of people building without resource consent can be significant, and can adversely affect stormwater and other environmental outcomes.’’
As well as the conviction and fine the Crown was awarded solicitors’ costs of $2260, and $130 Court costs.
Fan is now required to remove the garage from its current position and either relocate it in its original location, or demolish it.