12/12/2014 02:56 EST | Updated 12/12/2014 02:59 EST

Vancouver Building Permit Violation Brings Down City Bureaucrat


The city official in charge of enforcing Vancouver's building bylaws has resigned after doing renovations on her own home without a proper permit.

Carli Edwards, the deputy chief building official, tendered her resignation effective Dec. 31 after a city investigation triggered by an email complaint.

The exact renovation is unknown, but city manager Penny Ballem told The Province that it was "not a major rebuild."

“At the end of the day, this was her bylaw, she enforces it everyday. It’s not something we could maintain the public confidence in the officers who do that work,” she told Global News on Thursday.

According to the city's website, permits are required for any renovation work involving structural, fire sprinkler, plumbing, electrical, or gas line changes.

Edwards, who "fully co-operated with the review" worked for the city for 17 years and "made many significant contributions," said a city news release on Wednesday.

She earned $137,676 per year, according to The Vancouver Sun, and will receive six months of severance (roughly $65,000).

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