6.2 Building and development control
We ensure developments do not harm the environment and building works are safe and comply with the Building Code.
What we do
Building control and facilitation (building consents)
Development control and facilitation (resource consents)
Earthquake risk mitigation – built environment
All cities control building and development work according to the provisions of the Building Act, the Resource Management Act and their District Plans. These controls are necessary to ensure buildings are safe and comply with the Building Code, and resources are used sustainably to protect public health and safety and to protect future users of land and buildings. They’re also needed to protect urban character and to preserve the city’s heritage.
We also administer an Earthquake-prone Buildings Policy. The policy sets in place processes to identify buildings that are below the required earthquake standards and the requirements and timeframes for building owners to bring them up to the necessary standard. Implementation of the policy is a statutory requirement.
- Preparing for Building Act changes – Legislation and regulation changes are expected and these will have an impact on the work we do, in particular it is envisaged that changes to the Building Act will enable more work to be undertaken without building consents.
- This would move towards a risk-based approach to building control with more emphasis placed on licensed building practitioners taking responsibility for the work they carry out. Council officers will have less involvement in building projects for low-risk residential work and large commercial projects involving industry professionals. These changes may mean the Council becomes more involved in enforcement action where licensed building practitioners have failed to meet their responsibilities.
- The results from the Royal Commission Enquiry into Christchurch will impact in terms of the works required under the Building Code and may increase the costs for works to be undertaken and the costs of the consenting process.
- Online building consent system – We will continue issuing ‘quick’ consents electronically. Currently electronic consenting is only available for quick consent applications which meet the minor works criteria such as installing wood burners or minor plumbing works. We are considering extending the types of consents able to be processed in this format.
- Consents - We anticipate an increase in commercial consents due to structural strengthening upgrades as well as a continued increase in residential consents and Code Compliance Certificates issued, as confidence in the economy increases.
- Regional consistency in building consents – We will continue to work alongside other councils to minimise the impact on customers of councils having different requirements and systems.
- Earthquake Strengthening Council buildings – We will continue to earthquake strengthen Council’s portfolio of properties. This programme of activity is to meet legislative requirements and to ensure the safety of structures for users and the general public.
- This will include proceeding with the work required to strengthen the Town Hall, while also consulting how this can be enhanced for the economic benefit of the city.
- Earthquake strengthening assessments programme – We will continue our initial assessment programme of pre 1976 buildings to identify those that are earthquake prone with a focus on completion of this work by year end.
- Earthquake interventions – We are aiming to develop and implement a strategy to help make the city safer and more resilient in a major earthquake event. To do this we need to better understand the variety of building structures in the city, investigate partnership models that facilitate building owners access to funding for strengthening work, consider how we can take a precinct approach to heritage related buildings and investigate potential new technologies for strengthening (in partnership with Government and other agencies). We’ve budgeted $361,200 in 2013/14 to continue with this work.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2013/14 are:
100% of building consents issued within 20 working days
100% of Code of Compliance Certificates issued within 20 working days
100% of Land Information Memorandums (LIMs) issued within 10 working days
100% of resource consents (non-notified) issued within 20 working days
90% of resource consents are monitored within 3 months of project commencement
100% of section 223 subdivision certificates are issued within statutory timeframes (10 working days)
90% of noise control (excessive noise) complaints are investigated within one hour
98% of environmental complaints are investigated within 48 hours
70% of customers rate building control services as good or very good
70% of customers rate development control services as good or very good
Retention of Building Consent Authority (BCA) accreditation.
100% of initial assessments of earthquake prone buildings are completed
100% of earthquake prone building notifications (under section 124 of the Building Act) are issued without successful challenge*
We will monitor our progress on the earthquake strengthened Council buildings and stay on target*
We will monitor the number of claims accepted and the number of remediation claimed through the Weathertight houses - Financial Assistance Package
* Measure may be subject to changes, following the report from the Royal Commission of Enquiry into the Christchurch Earthquakes.
What it will costTop
|6.2 Building and development control ||Operating expenditure 2013–14 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|6.2.1 - Building control and facilitation ||(8,448) ||12,934 ||4,486 ||- |
|6.2.2 - Development control and facilitation ||(3,005) ||5,885 ||2,880 ||- |
|6.2.3 - Earthquake risk mitigation - built environment ||- ||1,541 ||1,541 ||13,234 |
|2013/14 6.2 Total ||(11,453) ||20,360 ||8,907 ||13,234 |
|2012/13 6.2 Total ||(10,665) ||18,691 ||8,026 ||1,294 |