The City of Calgary has laid 51 charges Dhaliwal Homes Ltd., its sole director and two agents for not complying with the provincial Safety Codes Act and for failing to comply with the city’s Land Use Bylaws.
The charges follow a three-month investigation by the city and are related to the construction of two semi-detached properties.
“Building safety violations pose a serious risk to homeowners and the community at large,” says Cliff de Jong, manager of Building Safety, in a press release. “The seriousness and magnitude of these violations and the impact to unsuspecting potential buyers in this red-hot real estate market, led The City of Calgary to conduct an investigation and lay charges.”
The charges include:
• Building without a municipal building permit for both homes and the detached garages.
• Building without the necessary safety code inspections (electrical, gas, plumbing and building) being conducted.
• Knowingly submitting false and misleading information in relation to permits, inspections and permission to occupy.
There were 49 Alberta Safety Codes Act violations and Dhaliwal Homes Ltd. can be fined up to $100,000 per offence and or imprisonment not exceeding six months if found guilty. For the two by law offences, they face maximum fines $10,000 per charge and/or a term of imprisonment of up to one year.
“The City of Calgary has zero tolerance for this type of building safety violation and will pursue charges when developers do not comply with the safety requirements outlined in the Safety Codes Act,” said de Jong.
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