—(1) Except as otherwise provided in this Act, no person shall occupy, or permit or cause to be occupied, any building or any part thereof where any building works have been carried out unless the Building Authority has issued a certificate of statutory completion in respect of that building or that part of the building:
Provided that nothing in this subsection shall prohibit —
the occupation by any person of any building or part thereof for the sole purpose of preventing any damage to the building or part thereof or any theft of any property therein; or
the occupation by any person of any building in respect of which a temporary occupation permit has been granted.
[Act 18/95 wef 01/09/1995 vide S 370/95]
(2) The Building Authority may, on an application in the prescribed manner in relation to any building, grant a temporary occupation permit in respect of the building subject to such written directions as the Building Authority may specify and, in particular, those written directions may —
limit the period for which the temporary occupation permit is granted;
require such work or alteration to the building to be carried out as may be specified to the satisfaction of the Building Authority; and
provide for the completion of the work or alteration before the expiration of a specified period.
(3) A temporary occupation permit shall only be prima facie evidence that a building is suitable for occupation and is and shall not be taken to be evidence of compliance with the provisions of this Act, the building regulations or any other written law.
(4) The Building Authority may amend, suspend or, in the event of failure to comply with any written direction issued under subsection (2), revoke any temporary occupation permit.
(5) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with subsection (1) or any written direction issued under subsection (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $1,000 for every day during which the offence continues after conviction.