AUSTBuilding owners and occupiers should be aware that altering a building including alterations without obtaining building permit approval may cause significant financial grief to the owner.

There are many reasons why occupiers of buildings change the layout of their building and building owners are usually oblivious to the alterations happening.What happens though, when modifications are made by the occupier without obtaining a building permit under the building regulation? Compliance issues and financial grievances are the usual outcomes. It doesn’t matter whether unpermitted alterations are made in naivety or if tenants believe they gain an advantage by ignoring building regulations, the result is the same – timely corrections and expensive bills that can be the responsibility of the building owner.

No matter what the alteration project may be, it is important that both occupiers and building owners are aware of the potential impacts of alterations and the lack of obtaining building permits may have.

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