The Licensed Building Practitioners Tribunal has ordered a designer to pay $2,500 after he failed to check assumptions he made against the building plans.

The designer drew up designs for a roof that included a low wall along the edge. He visited the site and made assumptions about the detailing of the wall.

However, the designer did not check the consented plans of the existing house. When the detailing was revealed, it was clear that the designer’s design would have to be altered and an amended consent obtained from the Council.

Although the designer took steps at his own cost to redress the situation, the Tribunal still held that he had carried out work in a negligent or incompetent manner.

The Tribunal explained that the standard of the designer’s work departed from the accepted standard that would be expected of a designer.

It ordered the designer to pay a fine of $1,500 and costs to the Tribunal of $1,000.

It is important that all practitioners ensure any work they plan to undertake is based on, and complies with, any plans that have been consented to by the Council. Relying on assumptions can lead to avoidable errors and expensive consequences.

If a client has raised concerns about the work that you have carried out on their project, it is wise to speak with a professional experienced in the area.

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