Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Faster consents for minor building jobs offered

Media Release

Release date: Tuesday 3 September 2013

Faster consents for minor building jobs offered

From next week it will be quicker and easier to get a building consent for minor work on your homes in the Gisborne district. Gisborne District Council is launching Fast Track Consents which will enable homeowners wanting to put in a solid wood fire, build a carport, do minor alterations or drainage work to get a building consent in five days rather than the standard up-to-20 working days.

We understand that when people are doing minor renovations to their homes they want to get on with the job rather than waiting around for consent, says building services manager Ian Petty. “Council still has to make sure that all building work is safe and meets the building code. For low risk jobs we have streamlined our processes so this can be done faster."

Fast Track Consents have specific criteria for minor work on residential properties. The job must cost less than $20,000. The criteria are listed below, on the fact sheet available on Council’s website or from Customer Services in Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs.

The list of building work that will qualify for a Fast Track Consent is non-negotiable says Mr Petty. “We have given a lot of thought to which jobs tend to be straight forward and that we are comfortable to fast track. For more complex jobs we may need the 20 days even though we always try to process consent applications as promptly as possible. Once we have Fast Track Consents up and running smoothly we will have a look to see if that list can be expanded. ”

The five day processing starts from the day your consent is accepted at Council’s Customer Service Centre in Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs, as long as it is received before 12 noon.  The application will be checked to make sure the fee is paid and all the information and documents required are included. Only then will the application be accepted and the clock will start ticking.

If there is some information missing the application will revert back to a normal 20 working day consent.

“This is the first part of a revision of Council’s building and resource consenting processes aimed at making it easier for residents to do business with us. If anyone is thinking about doing some building work my main advice would be to contact Council early in the process to see if your plans qualify for a Fast Track Consent.”

Minor building work that Fast Track Consents may apply to:
•          Fires (Solid Fuel Heaters) excluding Zero Tolerance boxes
•          Minor internal alterations  
•          Minor plumbing/drainage work
•          Drain repairs as a result of Council’s infiltration tests
•          Enclose an existing porch  
•          Re-pitch an existing roof  
•          Pergola on existing deck
•          Solar panels
•          New hot water cylinder
•          Factory manufactured conservatory in a reticulated* residential zone but excluding those in flood/site caution
•          Carports up to 36m2 that are open on three sides and on flatland in a reticulated residential zone but excluding those in flood/site caution
•          Proprietary garages up to a maximum size of 36m2 - on flatland in a reticulated* residential zone with no plumbing and drainage, but excludes those with a firewall and/or in a flood/site caution zone. 

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>

 

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:

National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>

ALSO:


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels