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The Consequences of Building in Violation of Local Rules: A Case Comment on City of Surrey v. Sidhu 2023 BCSC 1837

Building a residence or structure without obtaining the necessary permits and where the construction contravenes local bylaws can be a costly lesson for property owners when they become the target of enforcement action by a regulator or local authority. The recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision in City of Surrey v. Sidhu 2023 BCSC 1837 (the “Petition Proceedings”) highlights the consequences of undertaking construction projects in flagrant violation of local building requirements and carrying on with such construction after a stop work order has been posted on the property.

As published in the NRCA’s Northern Construction Connection December 2023 Newsletter, and VICA’s e-New.

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