6.2 Building and development control
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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
- Weathertight homes.
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.
- As part of our commitment to increasing the resilience of our city, and being a Council that is ‘open for business’, we are proposing the following amendments to the Rates Remission Policy to support and encourage building owners to undertake earthquake strengthening work:
– not requiring the payment of targeted rates on a building while it is being strengthened but is not able to be tenanted; and
– where the owners have chosen to strengthen their building, holding rates at pre-strengthening levels plus the average annual rates increase for three years following strengthening ; or
– where the owners have chosen to remove the building from the site, remitting 10% of the rates payable on the property for a period of three years.
- This proposal will not increase the Council’s rates requirement, but it will mean other ratepayers will pay a marginally higher proportion on their rates bill to offset the relief provided to the owners of earthquake prone buildings. The actual timing and quantum of this impact will depend on when earthquake strengthening occurs and the valuation changes of those buildings but has been estimated to be between $200,000 and $500,000 per annum (or 0.08 to 0.2 percent on the average rates bill). Please see the rates remission policy on page 114 for full details of this proposal.
- We also plan to establish a fund so we can refund 10 percent of building consent fees (up to $5000 in total) for earthquake prone building projects to be applied upon completion of strengthening works. This would cost $100,000 per annum.
- Legislation is moving towards a risk-based approach to building control with more emphasis placed on licensed building practitioners taking responsibility for the work they carry out. We will have less involvement in building projects for low-risk residential work and large commercial projects involving industry professionals. These changes may mean we become more involved in enforcement action where licensed building practitioners have failed to meet their responsibilities.
- We will continue to earthquake-strengthen the Council’s portfolio of properties. This work is to meet legislative requirements and ensure the safety of structures for users and the general public. We plan to proceed with the strengthening of the Town Hall, while also considering how this can be enhanced for the economic benefit of the city.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2014/15 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 three months of project work starting
- 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 earthquake prone building notifications (under section 124 of the Building Act) are issued without successful challenge
- monitor our progress on the earthquake strengthened Council buildings and stay on target
- monitor the number of claims accepted and the number of remediation claimed through the Weathertight houses – Financial Assistance Package.
What it will costTop
|6.2 Building and development control ||Operating expenditure 2014/15 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|6.2.1 - Building control and facilitation ||(9,736) ||12,970 ||3,234 ||- |
|6.2.2 - Development control and facilitation ||(2,943) ||5,801 ||2,858 ||- |
|6.2.3 - Earthquake risk mitigation - built environment ||- ||1,482 ||1,482 ||17,651 |
|2014/15 6.2 Total ||(12,679) ||20,253 ||7,574 ||17,651 |
| || || || || |
|2013/14 Total ||(11,453) ||20,360 ||8,907 ||13,234 |
|2012–22 LTP Yr 3 Total ||(11,316) ||19,645 ||8,329 ||14,454 |
|Variance 2012–22 LTP Yr 3 to DAP 14/15 ||(1,363) ||608 ||(755) ||3,197 |