The Building Practitioners Board has ordered a builder to pay $3,500 for performing building work without a consent.

The builder sold his house, but the alternative accommodation that he organised fell through. The builder decided to build his own accommodation and began constructing a one bedroom house.

A building inspector carrying out an inspection nearby noticed the construction work and made a complaint.

The builder claimed that renting a house and storing his belongings was too expensive, and instead decided to build his own accommodation. Although he said there had been no time to apply for a consent, he had been working on the house for three months.

The Board held that despite the building work being of a good standard, and receiving a certificate of acceptance, undertaking works without a building consent was unacceptable.

The Board ordered the builder to pay a fine of $3,000 and costs of $500.

The builder could easily have avoided this expensive outcome if he had followed building procedure.

If you are unsure about the building consent process, or have concerns about a consent that has been granted, it pays to speak with a professional experienced in the area.

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Alan Knowsley
Construction Lawyer

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