24 Oct 2013

Council 'on track' to regain consent accreditation

8:09 pm on 24 October 2013

Local Government Minister Chris Tremain says the Christchurch City Council is on track to regain its accreditation as a Building Consent Authority.

A Crown manager, Doug Martin, took over the consents process in July this year after International Accreditation New Zealand revoked the South Island council's accreditation.

Mr Tremain said on Thursday a restructuring of the council's consent process should be in place by Christmas.

The minister says major challenges lie ahead, with a sharp rise in consents forecast from now until late 2015.

However, he says Mr Martin has made it a priority to manage this demand effectively and deliver better service to customers, including faster turnaround times.

Nineteen building consent authorities have registered their interest in assisting the council, and it is anticipated that 150 to 200 consents per week will be contracted out.