The aim of the Bill is to prevent territorial authorities from charging fees to building consent applicants where the territorial authority has processed the consent in breach of the statutory time frame. It is hoped that this will reduce current delays in the building controls process.
The time taken to process building consents can also vary hugely, Mr Smith says, and that hurts not just private citizens but also businesses operating in the $13 billion-a-year building industry.
“In the building industry, time is money, and delays of several months in getting a building consent — or delays in getting the code compliance certificate — can mean staff and machinery sitting idle, or builders not getting paid in a timely way,” Mr Smith says. The first reading of the Bill was scheduled for Wednesday, September 6.