Levy audit finds $334,000 in unpaid building permit levies
Wednesday July 23 2014
The Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) building permit levy audit program has identified more than $334,000 in unpaid building permit levies in 2013-2014.
Compliance and Performance Director Murray Smith said the VBA regularly performs audits to ensure building surveyors comply with their obligations to report and submit building permit levies.
Building permit levies fund the building control system in Victoria. Anyone applying for a building permit for works costing more than $10,000 must pay a levy before the permit is issued. Each month building surveyors must provide the VBA with a report of the building permits they have issued, along with the levy payments they have collected.
“In the 2013-2014 financial year, the VBA’s levy auditors identified 685 building permits that building surveyors either hadn’t reported to the VBA or had reported incorrectly,” Mr Smith said.
“This meant that $334,746 in levies was not passed on to the VBA, although in many cases, consumers have paid the amount in full to their building surveyor.”