Dominion GovLaw LLP attended Court on behalf of the Regional District of Nanaimo and obtained the maximum fines permitted under the Offence Act.

Maximum Fines for Forged Occupancy Permits

On February 20, 2024, Dominion GovLaw LLP attended Court on behalf of the Regional District of Nanaimo and obtained the maximum fines permitted under the Offence Act.

At the Court appearance, Don Ballard, the director and officer of Ballard Fine Homes, pleaded guilty on behalf of Ballard Fine Homes to three Counts of breaching the Regional District of Nanaimo’s Building Bylaw. The bylaw breaches related to an individual engaged by Ballard Fine Homes providing forged occupancy permits to homeowners, thereby causing those homeowners to occupy their respective homes without a valid occupancy permit. Mr. Ballard alleges that he had no knowledge of the forgeries until having been informed of them by the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Sunny Uppal, the prosecutor for the Regional District Nanaimo, stated, “By allowing homeowners to occupy their respective homes without occupancy permits, Ballard Fine Homes and Darren Geaudrault exposed the public to a safety risk if not a theoretical safety risk.”

Ballard Fine Homes received fines of $2,000 for each breach of the Regional District of Nanaimo’s building bylaw, for a total of $6,000. Ballard Fine Homes was also required to reimburse the Regional District of Nanaimo $3,000 of its prosecution costs.

Darren Geaudrault, the individual engaged by Ballard Fine Homes, has a matter currently scheduled to proceed to trial in March of this year.

If you discover a forged document which purports to have been issued by your local government, report that forgery to the police and consider commencing a municipal prosecution.

Please note that as of October 26, 2023, the maximum fines available for municipal prosecutions are now $50,000 per Count.