Urban development

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

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.

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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 strengthening14 ; 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.15

Measuring our performanceTop

Our targets for 2014/15 are:

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

14Only for earthquake prone buildings assessed as 33 percent or less of the National Building Standard (NBS) and on the Wellington City Council Earthquake Prone Buildings List.
16Measure may be subject to changes, following the report from the Royal Commission of Enquiry into the Christchurch Earthquakes.