NEW YORK – The $240,000 chapel Russell Crowe built to hold his wedding ceremony won't have to be torn down before the nuptials -- despite the fact he didn't get planning officials' permission to put it up.
Officials say the fiery-tempered star will be granted a rush building certificate before the start of his marriage celebrations this weekend -- after they examined the structure on his 800-acre Australian ranch yesterday and found it safe.
"You can issue a retrospective building certificate. In effect, it is saying the building has been constructed to satisfactory technical standards," said Mark Ferguson, general manager of Coff City in New South Wales.
"Mr. Crowe has lodged 15 development applications in the last four years, so he doesn't see himself above the law," Ferguson said.
Earlier this week, officials had threatened to tear down the lavish chapel, fearing it didn't meet safety standards.
Recently, Crowe, a wolfish, bed-hopping bachelor, stunned fans by announcing he would marry longtime Australian girlfriend Danielle Spencer on his 39th birthday, this coming Monday.