Court outcome - unlicensed plumbing work leads to $10,000 in fines

Mr Trent Ross Pennicott was fined $7,000 and Pennicott Family Pty Ltd received fines totaling $3,000 in the Hobart Magistrates Court on 5 September 2022. The fines relate to a number of offences against the Building Act 2016 and the Occupational Licensing Act 2005.

The conviction relates to Mr Trent Ross Pennicott performing unlicensed work, and providing falsified approved forms under the Building Act 2016 which were represented to have been issued by the Hobart City Council in relation to work performed at a commercial site in Salamanca.

Pennicott Family Pty Ltd was also convicted of having entered into contracts to perform prescribed work at the site in Salamanca while not holding the correct contractor licence.

Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (CBOS) will continue to focus on compliance and enforcement activities relating to individuals who may be undertaking unlicensed work against the Building Act 2016 and the Occupational Licensing Act 2005 or engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to the performance of prescribed work.

CBOS also reminds Tasmanians of the need to check if a tradesperson is licensed before having any building, electrical, plumbing or gas-fitting work carried out at home or at work.

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Updated: 14 Sep 2022

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