The following are examples where developers may be in breach of the Act governing developments and building construction: -
The client should not increase the number of rooms in the house over and above what was approved.
Increasing the number of rooms will have serious implication on the design of the septic tank, which was previously approved.
Changes to the quantity and size of steel in the building could seriously compromise the structural integrity of the building.
Enforcement of Development Control
The Physical Planning Unit or Planning Board is the Agency responsible for enforcing the terms and conditions of any development of land.
A developer should not make any changes with respect to the approval granted under the Act by the competent Authority. The Authority may consider such changes illegal and the following courses of action may occur: -
An Enforcement Notice outlining the breach will be served on the developer;
The Authority has a four (4) years time frame in which it can take action against an illegal develper. The following are some of the things that the Authority may ask the developer to do:
Demolish the building,
Bring the land back to its original state,
Request the developer to supply plans for the existing building/structure. 38