Published 17 March 2008
Waitakere City Council has been accredited as a building consent authority.
Planning & regulatory committee chairman Vanessa Neeson said: “As every council in New Zealand knows, being a consent authority brings with it the responsibility of maintaining standards as we continue to monitor, review & improve our performance. This project was achieved by the team while continuing ‘business as usual’.
“The thorough work by the council last year to gear up for BCA status has established even better systems of record-keeping & information-storage practices to give a clear audit trail of how we, as a BCA, have dealt with consent applications, inspections & issue code compliance.
“In terms of customer relationships we know we are getting better when we hear the range of compliments from clients who are impressed with the higher standard of service from our very professional, hardworking staff.
“We will continue to refine our BCA practice through smarter use of electronic & business processes.”
As an accredited authority, the council can deliver assurances regarding the robustness of the building consent process to ratepayers. Cllr Neeson said it was meeting the 20-day statutory consent timeframe in 89% of cases.
The Government established the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006 as a result of the leaky buildings issue. Cllr Neeson said these regulations were very strict and councils wanting to continue issuing building consents had to massively restructure their consent processing procedures & requirements.
“Obtaining BCA status is a terrific achievement. Staff have worked extremely hard to establish better practice in design, regulatory control & construction of buildings in Waitakere.
“It means people wanting building consents need to pay very close attention to the detail of their plans. However, those that prepare well will find it delivers a better quality of service to the builder and a better protection to the buyer & other ratepayers.”
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for The Bob Dey Property Report.