Construction done without permit

The municipality has filed a notice against a property after a building was constructed without building permit and inspections.

The municipality has filed a notice against a property after a building was constructed without the required building permit and building inspections.

In a report to municipal council, Ian McIntosh, director of development services, said a building permit application had been received for the property at 18555 Matsu Dr. The permit application was to construct a 5.5-metre by 8.2-metre addition to a winery building.

The permit was not picked up or paid for and no inspections were requested by the owner. However, in June the owner applied for a business license.

In late June, when the building inspector and fire chief visited the site to inspect the business licence, it was discovered that the work had been completed without the required permits or inspections.

Rick Thrussell, owner of the winery, said he thought he had paid for the permit. “It was a complete oversight on my part,” he told municipal council on July 13.

Thrussell, a builder with more than 30 years of experience, took photographs of the building during the construction process, which were later presented to the municipal building inspector.

Summerland does not accept photographs of construction for building inspections, since it is impossible to determine where and when such photographs were taken.