Failure to renew building registration results in fines

A Duncraig building company that continued to contract for and carry out building work after its building contractor registration lapsed has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner.

Gallyn Construction Pty Ltd (BC59314) was ordered to pay fines of $1,500 and costs of $688.85 by the Joondalup Magistrates Court for two offences under the Building Services (Registration) Act 2011.

The court found that the company had undertaken to carry out, and had carried out, unregistered building work in relation to the $727,576 construction of a two-storey dwelling in Burns Beach in June 2014.

As the directors who consented to its actions Stephen Lynch (BC101059 & BP8047) and John Gallagher were taken to have committed the same offences as the company and were ordered to pay fines of $2,000 and costs of $688.85 each.

“The Building Commission advised Gallyn Construction on several occasions that it was not entitled to contract for or carry out building work after 4 May 2014 unless its registration was renewed,” Building Commission Acting Executive Director Ian Munns said.

“This includes reminders issued before the registration renewal was due; after the Building Services Board refused the company’s request to submit a late renewal application; and during the time the Building Commission was considering the company’s new application for a builder registration, which contained insufficient information.

“The company went ahead and obtained a building permit from the City of Joondalup and commenced work at the Burns Beach site without a registration. Work continued onsite even after the City suspended the building permit due to the company’s lack of registration.

“The company became registered as a building contractor again in early March 2015.

“The Building Commission will continue to hold to account and name people who put the public interest and the reputation of the building industry at risk.”

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19 Dec 2017

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