16 May 2010

Big cuts in red tape ahead for Auckland

5:53 am on 16 May 2010

The new Auckland Council will cut red tape and the fees charged for many services from the day it comes into being on 1 November.

The council intends to cut millions of dollars per year in the costs of dog control, planning and building permits, in one of the first signs of change to be delivered by the merging of eight councils.

The Auckland Transition Agency says, in most cases, the lowest of eight fees charged at the moment will become the new rate for everyone.

The new hourly rate for a final building inspection will save an Auckland City resident $70, there will be fewer forms and most will be available online.

About 1500 officers now work in the regulatory area and it is not yet known how many jobs will be lost.