GEORGE TOWN Deputy Mayor Bridget Archer questioned the council's development processes at yesterday's meeting after it transpired work began on a project without the completion of relevant applications.
Upgrades to the George Town Cricket Club roof started on September 13, a week before the council received a development application.
"Why was council in the throes of construction without building and construction permits?" Cr Archer asked.
The roof was severely damaged in a storm last year, leading the council to contribute $78,000 of an allocated $90,000 repair cost.
Council director of infrastructure and development services Dino De Paoli labelled the early construction an oversight, while general manager Stephen Brown said inclement weather and an impending cricket season hurried proceedings.
Mr Brown said a development application was only required after the council decided to extend the roof to include a verandah.
Local Government Association of Tasmania president Barry Easther said it was not unheard of for a council to inadvertently begin works before the correct procedures were followed.