Edmonton proposes tougher construction inspection standards

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Edmonton councillors say the city needs an integrated inspection team with sharper teeth to deal with the problem of sloppy and irritating construction practices in mature neighbourhoods the Edmonton Journal has reported.

Neighbours have been complaining about  excavations  without  safety fences or signage, flooded basements and rattling foundations, as well as messy sites.

City staff have proposed changes including higher fines and pulling busi-ness licenses for non-compliance. Councillors added to the proposals in-cluding asking staff to develop an inte-grated team of enforcement officers that could start doing routine inspec-tions, rather than simply responding to complaints, the newspaper reported.

“They’ll investigate the possibility of requiring performance bonds to pro-tect city and/or private property, and re-quiring developers to document preexisting conditions with photos.”

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