Fines apply for unsafe mess
Tuesday, 25th July, 2017
City Council is warning businesses and roofing contractors that they can be fined for blocking footpaths or roads with building materials and skip bins.
Council’s Chief Operating Officer, Brendan Smith, said staff had noticed improper hoardings and roofing material left on footpaths around the city.
Hoardings involve the bunting, fencing or marking off of zones designated as a work area on a publicly accessible place such as nature strips, road shoulders, or footpaths.
A hoarding permit is legislatively required under the Local Government Act 1993 and the Roads Act 1993 to ensure work is planned to proceed in a safe manner for the workers and the public.
“It’s been brought to our attention that building materials are being left on nature strips without bunting, and in one instance a skip bin was actually placed on a road shoulder without the appropriate traffic control,” said Mr Smith.
“We understand that there is a lot of work going on in the city currently, however we have a duty of care to pedestrians and motorists and it’s important that safety procedures are followed.”
Mr Smith said fines of up to $11,000 can apply for failing to comply with the Acts.
Hoarding permits can be obtained from Council, and a request must be submitted at least 14 days before work begins.