Building surveyor fined for unpaid building permit levies
Monday, 22 December 2014
A building surveyor has been penalised more than $23,000 after he was found guilty of 17 charges relating to various sites in suburbs including Prahran, Ivanhoe and West Preston.
Essendon North building surveyor Jeffrey Uren first came to the attention of the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) in 2011 after he failed to submit details of the building permits he had issued over a two-year period, and did not pass on the associated building permit levies to the VBA. Under the Building Act 1993, each month building surveyors must provide the VBA with a report of the building permits they have issued, and forward the levy payments for the permits.
After the VBA investigated the matter and launched legal action to recover the money, Mr Uren settled the outstanding amount. The VBA also referred the matter to the Building Practitioners Board (BPB) for an inquiry into Mr Uren's conduct after levy audits revealed ongoing issues with unreported building permits and unpaid building permit levies.