A KORUMBURRA tradesman was charged $1250 for failing to obtain the required building permit for a dwelling demolition.
South Gippsland Shire Council recently prosecuted Michael Matthies for illegally demolishing two dwellings at 1 and 3 Ogilvy Street, Leongatha, the site of the new Salvation Army premises.
Mr Matthies pleaded guilty to demolishing the dwellings without the issue of the required building permit and not being registered as a demolisher with the Victorian Building Practitioners Board.
“The prosecution is another in a series instigated by council recently to bring home the message that it is committed to protecting public safety and the integrity of our built and natural environments,” said Matthew Patterson, council’s manager of regulatory services.
Other prosecutions have included illegal clearing of land and unauthorised building extensions.
Under Victoria’s building legislation, a building permit is required for all building work unless the work is exempted under Schedule 8 of the Victorian Building Regulations 2006.
The only demolition works exempt from the building permit requirements are the demolition of non-masonry sheds, carports, garages that have a floor area of not more than 40m², are not listed on the Heritage Register and will not affect the safety of the public.
Undertaking demolition works without a building permit is a serious offence because of public safety and heritage considerations.
Victoria’s building legislation has a number of controls in place for demolition works to protect the safety of the workers and the public and ensure that significant buildings are not demolished. None of these controls can be checked when demolition works are undertaken illegally
Mr Matthies was ordered to be of good behaviour for 12 months, pay $500 to the court fund and pay council’s costs of about $750.
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