Stop Work Notice issued on large Belconnen building site

Released 28/05/2019

Access Canberra has shut down a large Belconnen building site after it was found that works had been undertaken without development or building approvals in place.

ACT Constructions Occupations Registrar Ben Green said this was an unusual as well as troubling case where works had commenced with no relevant approvals granted.

“This case appears to demonstrate a significant breach as neither a Development Application nor Building Approval were in place,” he said.

“We will continue to investigate this matter to determine whether any offence has been committed. There will be no further works permitted until this matter is resolved.

“It is an offence for a person to undertake building work without a development approval, if that type of building work requires approval and the person knows of that requirement.”

Mr Green said inspectors had issued two notices late on Friday (24 May 2019) afternoon:
  • a Stop Work Notice under the Building Act 2004
  • a Prohibition Notice under the Planning and Development Act 2007

Mr Green said Access Canberra continued its proactive focus on supporting building quality across all forms of development – from residential, to multi-unit development and commercial.

“We are committed to ensuring compliance which in turn supports quality building in the ACT,” he said.

Since July 2018 Access Canberra has taken the following regulatory action:

  • 178 demerit points given to construction occupation licensees
  • 28 stop work notices
  • 9 Notices directing building work to be undertaken

In addition, Access Canberra has undertaken 328 proactive building compliance checks, 18,218 plumbing, drainage and gas inspections and 34,202 electrical inspections in this period.

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