Group dismayed by "insane, irrational” council laws

Sunshine Coast Council is demanding building certification for a not-for-profit group to erect this relocatable, temporary marquee.
Sunshine Coast Council is demanding building certification for a not-for-profit group to erect this relocatable, temporary marquee. John Farmer

UPDATE: Council recently received a complaint regarding alleged non-compliant development, including operational works and building works at the Beech Road property and consequently investigated these allegations.

An inspection by a council officer confirmed a number of development breaches at the property.

Conducting assessable operational works (extensive filling and earthworks) without firstly obtaining the required town-planning approvals and conducting assessable building works (demountable buildings and structurally unsound extensions) without obtaining the required building approvals is a breach of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Building Act 1975.

An advisory letter has been issued to the landowner outlining council's concerns regarding the unapproved work at the property with suggested options to resolve the breaches, including ceasing the use or lodging development applications.

EARLIER: Insane, irrational and ridiculous - that is how a not-for-profit group has labelled Sunshine Coast Council demands it pay for building certification to erect a small, temporary shade structure.

James Fuller runs family activities on a rural-residential property at Landsborough and wants to put up a relocatable nine metre by six metre plastic marquee to provide a shaded play area for children.

He decided to send a general inquiry to Sunshine Coast Council's planning and development department just to be safe.

Mr Fuller said the last thing he expected was to be told that he would need to get building certification for the marquee, a process that could cost hundreds of dollars.

He was told as the marquee would be in place for "several months" council required a development application to be lodged.

"It is utterly ridiculous, and completely irrational," he said.

"Why can't it be affordable for someone to make progress on their property and affordable for people to make a contribution to the community."

Mr Fuller said he had been left dismayed by the process especially after he was sent the Sunshine Coast Council's dwelling code .

He said officers tried to say certification was required because the marquee was larger than 9sqm.

However, he said that law only related to permanent structures and argued it was a case of "bureaucracy gone mad".

"It really seems like that," he said.

"I just keep thinking is it worth my time, is anything going to change?"

Mr Fuller also questioned how companies that specialise transportable shade structures can get away without certification.

Sunshine Coast Council has been contacted for comment.

Topics:  bureaucracy marquee red tape sunshine coast council

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