Information and Inspection Powers: Inspection Powers: Deliberate obstruction of an inspection
A person who deliberately obstructs an officer in the course of a tribunal-approved inspection is liable to a penalty, see CH26240.
Deliberate obstruction is knowingly and intentionally interfering with an officer exercising their right to inspect under the approval of the tribunal. It covers a range of possible behaviours such as
- denying access to premises and assets,
- cancelling visits without reasonable excuse, see CH26300, or
- continued distraction to stop you completing the inspection.
The penalty does not apply where there is a reasonable excuse for the obstruction, see CH26300.