Fine in­creased af­ter ap­peal

Wanneroo Times - - News -

A BUILD­ING sur­vey­ing com­pany and its di­rec­tor have been fined $7500 af­ter cer­ti­fy­ing plans that re­sulted in a non­com­ply­ing swim­ming pool bar­rier at a home in Iluka.

The State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal also or­dered WA Build­ing Cer­ti­fiers and Asses­sors and its sole di­rec­tor John Phillip Green­wood to pay $3000 costs.

The tri­bunal found that Mr Green­wood, who has been con­tacted by the Times for com­ment, en­gaged in mis­lead­ing con­duct and failed to prop­erly man­age and su­per­vise a build­ing ser­vice when he signed a cer­tifi­cate of de­sign com­pli­ance in 2016 for ex­ten­sion plans that in­cluded doors which would open on to an out­door pool area. Un­der WA’s build­ing reg­u­la­tions, such doors must be separately ap­proved by the per­mit author­ity – the City of Joon­dalup.

In 2017, a City of Joon­dalup in­spec­tion found the un­ap­proved and non-com­pli­ant doors had been in­stalled. Mr Green­wood was fined $4000 and the com­pany $3500.

The re­cent find­ing re­sulted from the com­pany and Mr Green­wood seek­ing a tri­bunal re­view of an April 2018 de­ci­sion by the Build­ing Ser­vices Board, which had im­posed fines of $5000 in re­la­tion to the same con­duct.

The tri­bunal’s de­ci­sion now su­per­sedes the board’s ear­lier find­ings.

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