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City takes action against residents building without permits

The building at 229 Scott Ave takes up the majority of the backyard.
June 10, 2014 - 3:28 PM

PENTICTON - The City may have to take action against residents who violated city law by constructing a building on their property without having the proper permits.

The residents of 229 Scott Avenue have not responded to the City’s requests to apply for construction permits after it was discovered the owners were constructing an additional building on their property.

The building is not complete and there was no sign of the residents, said Ken Kunka, building and permit manager. He first tried to contact the owners in Sept. 2013 and made several attempts since then to reach them without any luck.

There are outstanding fines that the owners have also not paid or responded to, he said.

The owners now have 90 days to get a construction permit or demolish the building, otherwise the city will tear down the shed-like structure for them.

If the owners come forward and don’t have the money to pay for demolition, then the city has the authority to take action, Kunka said.

Kunka said they are streamlining the process since it is a safety hazard and an eyesore to the neighbourhood.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at marcher@infotelnews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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