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GORDON Ramsay says the building industry has been clearly put on notice that the ACT Government won’t tolerate building work that was not of a high standard – and neither would the community.

In announcing the compliance inspection results in the year since July 1 last year, the Building Quality Improvement Minister said Access Canberra building inspectors had undertaken 793 building inspections and assessments as well as additional 24,282 electrical; 3139 solar; 817 plumbing; 1779 gas and 3241 drainage checks.

Minister Ramsay said there had been a number of high-profile enforcement actions taken during the year such as the stopping of work on a major site in Bruce as relevant approvals were not in place and 17 stop-work notices in Gungahlin.

“I expect that the number of building inspections will increase this coming financial year with eight new rapid response officers funded in the ACT Budget expected to boost capacity for another 1000 building inspections,” he said.

“Buying, building or renovating a property is one of life’s biggest investments, and our community can rightly expect that the building work is of a high standard and built to stand the test of time.

“I’ve made it clear that there is no place in the ACT for those in the industry who cut corners, deliver poor quality or non-compliant work, flout necessary approvals or do not rectify issues that might emerge.”

Total enforcement activity since July 1:

Action Number What this means
Rectification Orders 3 This is a direction to a contractor to fix a building quality issue
Stop Work Notices 28 Works must stop on a building site unless authorised by the Registrar
Direction To Undertake Building Work 10 The owner of a building is ordered to fix an issue
Demerit Points for Construction Licensees 181 Demerit points are issued against the licence of a construction practitioner for non-compliant activity
Controlled Activity Orders 7 Orders which require development approval to be sought or the demolition of unapproved building works

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