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Last modified: 11 Aug 2020 10:09am

A Council staff member in a high-viz jacket shows a man and woman something on a tablet as they look round a building site

Building consent applications in Selwyn are continuing at record levels, and the Council is encouraging builders to be patient.

Consent applications have rapidly increased since the end of the Level-4 lockdown, with 267 consents issued and 1900 inspections completed in July and over 2,200 inspections expected in August.

The Council is grateful to Napier City Council, Christchurch City Council, Waimakariri District Council and New Zealand Building Training and Compliance for providing staff to help.

“They’ve been invaluable in helping us keep up with this demand. It’s been great to see the collaboration to keep staff  employed and support the post-COVID recovery. We continue to talk to contractors to source more resources where we can,” Building Manager Vanessa Mitchell says.

She says customers can also help us manage the workload efficiently by:

  • loading documents correctly into AlphaOne
  • ensuring sites are ready from 7.30am on the day of inspections - inspections will still be charged if the site is not ready for a booked inspection
  • using AlphaOne to check the status of consents and inspections
  • letting us know early if you need help with your application · paying for consents when they’re issued, or letting us know if your project is not going ahead
  • ensuring all required documents are uploaded at least the day before the relevant inspection – this is particularly important for final inspections to streamline the code compliance process.

While it is difficult to know how the pandemic might impact on consents in the coming months, at the current rates, the Council is on track for a record year of up to 2600 consents and 20,000 inspections.