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Council builds great consent timeframes

Far North District Council’s building consent team is nailing processing timeframes for building consents compared to other local authorities in Aotearoa.

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) latest report on Building Consent System: Performance Monitoring, FNDC processed 100 per cent of building consent applications within the statutory 20 working day period. Across New Zealand, the rate was 90.7 per cent.

Out of the 69 Building Consent Authorities (BCA), FNDC was one of just eight that processed 100 per cent of applications within the statutory period.

The median time to process an application is nine working days – FNDC has been doing this within seven working days.

The MBIE report establishes consistent monitoring on the performance of the buildings consent system, with a particular focus on building consent and code compliance certificate timeframes. Those timeframes are some of the key indicators for building consent system performance.

Delays can have flow-on effects for builders and homeowners and can limit the capacity of the building industry to work as efficiently as possible.