There are Three types of Contravention notices:
1. Stop work notice;
2. Contravention notice; and
3. Removal/Demolition notice.
If a Developer builds a house without a permit but is abiding by all the provisions of building regulation act including adequate setback for the house, adequate car park space, less than maximum building coverage, etc., the developer would be served a STOP WORK notice and requested to pay a FINE in addition to the normal fee for building permit application. The developer has only 7 to 14 days interval to do this and then continue with the building development.
At the expiration of this grace period, the Developer will be served with the second notice: REMOVAL/DEMOLITION NOTICE, requesting him to remove the Building and return the land to its original state. A period of 21days is given for this.
At the expiration of this period, the Board will now mobilize to carry out the demolition on their own, prosecute the developer in a Law Court and bill the developer for the cost of the demolition.
On the other hand, if a Developer is issued with a Building permit and goes out of his way to build something different from what was approved, the developer will be served with CONTRAVENTION NOTICE as the first notice with a grace period of 7 – 14 days to revert back to building according to the approved Building plan. If the developer fails to comply, the developer would be served with the second notice: REMOVAL/DEMOLITION NOTICE. The developer has a period of 21 days to return the land to its original state before commencement of the building project. If the developer remains adamant, the Board will move in and demolish the structure, prosecute the developer in a law court and bill the developer for the cost of the demolition exercise.