Record Number of Consents Being Processed

The Hurunui District Council is currently processing a record number of building consents. There are 40 consents currently being processed by the council, with more in the queue. Overall consent numbers are up by 40 percent this year in comparison to the same period last year.

The majority of these consents are for minor earthquake repairs following the November earthquake. Another major group of consents making up these numbers are out-buildings on property throughout the Hurunui district.

Building Team Leader Kerry Walsh says this is the highest number of consents being processed at one time that the council has ever experienced, and this is due to the sheer number of earthquake repairs and rebuilds taking place in the district.

“The volume of consents we are receiving is a great sign, as construction activity is clearly picking up post-earthquake. We expect to see this number increase over the coming months as more and more insurance claims are settled.”

Due to an expected rise in the number of building consent applications, a fast-track consenting process has been established by the council and two additional consent officers have been employed. This process allows consents relating to earthquake repair work to be processed in up to half the amount of normal processing time.

“Residents and ratepayers are encouraged to make use of the new process to progress their earthquake repairs faster than would normally be possible, by nominating that their consent is for an earthquake-related repair on their application”, says Mr Walsh.