Approved Building Certifiers Ltd (Neil & Loretta Boler) was deregistered yesterday after the Building Industry Authority found it had been negligent & incompetent.
Today, North Shore City Council said it would have to take on more staff “to cope with an unexpected deluge of building consent applications” as a result.
“ABC’s registration will be finally cancelled on 18 October. But in the short term it can no longer accept new work as a building certifier, or conduct inspections or issue building certificates for work already on its books,” the authority said in a page on its website: BIA advice for clients of Approved Building Certifiers.
Authority chief executive John Ryan said the authority estimated ABC had 5000 buildings for which it was proving inspection & certification services. The company has offices in Mt Wellington, Henderson, Waitakere City, Whangarei & North Shore City.
The authority found ABC was negligent & incompetent in these respects:
issuing code compliance certificates & interim certificates for buildings outside the scope of its approval
inadequate record-keeping and irregularities relating to the signature of inspection-related documents
faulty inspections on which code compliance certificates were issued
inspecting work that had not received a consent
a failure to address management issues within the company.
Mr Ryan said the authority was working with ABC & local bodies to achieve an orderly transfer of ABC’s current clients to local bodies, which it said could be done within 2 weeks.
North Shore City Council’s acting general manager of environmental services, Stefan Naude, said the extra workload would affect the council’s short-term ability to process applications.
Web pages: BIA news release