State Ombudsman fails Mount Gambier City Council

THE State Ombudsman has found Mount Gambier City Council failed to ensure a certificate of occupancy was issued for a commercial building.

The ombudsman investigated a complaint by tenants running a business from the commercial building who were forced to close their business after learning their occupation of the building was illegal because no certificate of occupancy had been issued.

Under the Development Act, the owner of a commercial building must inform the council when construction of the building is complete with a statement of compliance before the council issues a certificate of occupancy, at which point it is legal to occupy

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