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Property owner fined $20,000 for illegal work A Wiley Park property owner has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars for illegal building work. No  

 A Wiley Park property owner has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars for illegal building work. 

The resident breached the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979) for building a granny flat at the rear of his property without development consent, and then later breaching their development consent that was approved for a studio. 

City of Canterbury Bankstown Administrator, Richard Colley, said he hoped the property owner had finally learnt his lesson. 

“Unfortunately, this is the second occasion he has been penalised after committing the same offence back in 2011, resulting in a penalty of more than $2,000 on that occasion,” Mr Colley said. 

“These laws are in place for everyone to abide by so building standards remain at a safe and acceptable level. 

“Those who think they can fly under the radar are sorely mistaken, as this case shows.” 

To avoid a hefty fine or penalty, Mr Colley encouraged property owners to seek Council’s advice when building. 

“Council staff are skilled and qualified to provide appropriate planning advice to ensure better quality building design; diversity in the housing mix and choice of housing; and the development is in line with the character of the area and landscape,” Mr Colley said. 

“Fines for breaching planning legislation can range from $1,500 to $6,000 depending on the offence and, in very serious cases, Council will take legal action. 

“In the past year, Council has issued 36 Penalty Infringement Notices for breach of development consent, or construction without development consent, totaling almost $100,000. 

“Sixteen matters ended up in court where severe penalties were handed to the offenders.” 

For advice on building compliance, or amending a current development application, call Canterbury-Bankstown’s Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000. 

 15/08/2017 11:07 AM