Members of Quesnel City Council kicked around the Provincial Government last night for it’s new Owner Builder Authorization Process.
People that build their own homes now have to pass an exam on home construction basics at a cost of 425 dollars.
And it also effects people that hire out others to do all of the work.
Councillor Sushil Thapar says it goes too far…
“You go check the references who is a good contractor to frame a house. I think that’s sticking their nose too deep, trying to tell people you can’t build a house, now only mafia can build your houses. That’s how I see it.”
Mayor Bob Simpson, while saying he understands the intent, took issue in the lack of training for the City’s development department.
He even went as far as calling it gross negligence on implementing it…
“You should not land this in our development departments without appropriate due diligence and training and at least some consultation with us as to whether it is going to make sense to the people we are going to deal with on a daily basis.”
Simpson suggested that any complaints or questions from people getting permits from the city be deflected to the MLA’s office.
Nine of the 16 new homes built in Quesnel last year were built by owner builders.