Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Construction Law & Planning Law Weekly Bulletin
Monday 6 October 2014
What to do when the Council Refuses your Development Application (NSW Readership) By Peter Micevski, Construction and Planning Solicitor, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
When planning a development project, all developers hope that their development will be considered a complying development by their local Council and that they be given development consent without any problems or delays. However, this isn’t always the case and any condition or delay in obtaining development consent can have an extremely detrimental effect upon the viability and profit of the project. In this article, Peter Micevski looks at the Land and Environment Court which provides recourse for developers to challenge the decision of a Council regarding development applications.
Issuing an Occupancy Permit with Conditions (Victorian Readership) By Blaise Alexander, Solicitor, Property, Construction and Planning Law, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
Contrary to the views of some, under the Building Act 1993 (“the Act”) a building surveyor can issue an occupancy permit with conditions. This week, Ms Blaise Alexander considers that building surveyors must be mindful of the obligations and responsibilities flowing from a decision to include conditions on an occupancy permit. Failure to take appropriate and timely action regarding the conditions on the permit could lead to investigations and disciplinary consequences.
The Currency of Registration: Why it’s Critical for Engineers in Construction to be Registered (Victorian Readership) By Justin Cotton, Partner, Construction and Practitioner Advocacy, Lovegrove Smith & Cotton
It is crucial for engineers to be registered under the Victorian Building Act. Justin Cotton Partner & Head of Practitioner Advocacy at Lovegrove Smith & Cotton, clinically analyses the importance of registration for engineers with reference to the Victorian Building Act. This article is a must read for all those in the engineering profession as it is an offence to use the title of engineer, if the use relates to the building industry and one is not registered in the appropriate class.
Lovegrove Smith & Cotton’s E-Library is a free online resource of articles, which puts a wealth of information at your fingertips. The articles in the E- Library have been written by lawyers and a number of them have been published in the Australian, The Age and the Herald Sun. Some of the articles date back to the 1990’s.