Auckland Council can’t cope with building consents? They didn’t see this coming then?


Auckland’s housing boom has forced its council to enlist the help of other local authorities to process building consent applications.

Auckland Council received a record 23,220 applications last year, up by 12 percent, and consents teams at Wellington and Porirua city councils have been contracted to help process them.

“Demand for consents has been relentless,” said the council’s building control processing manager Doug Naylor.

It has contracted the two southern councils for an initial year-long term to ensure there are no unnecessary delays with applications.

“The boom has made it difficult to find experienced design and construction specialists the council – and the wider industry – require to meet demand,” he said.

It is also looking at other possible providers.

I appreciate the fact that they are now outsourcing the work to get through it, but what sort of potato head couldn’t predict that, with the council and government pushing like mad to get more houses built, consent applications would rise?

There is part of me that suspects there was a deliberate refusal to up-scale the consent staff to keep the expansion of Auckland under control.

But then the government got into Auckland Council’s ear and told them to pull finger – or else.   As a result, there was no planning to put any more staff on, and yet there was pressure to make immediate progress. Hence the outsourcing to other councils.

I’m just flying a kite, but somehow I don’t think I’m that far off the mark.


– NZN via Newshub

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