New building law should cut the crap with consents

July 29, 2009

Your legislators have given the third reading to a Bill to speed up the building consent process and reduce costs. It is now set to become law, cutting some of the crap that surrounds the tedious consents process.

The Building Amendment Bill (No 2) reforms the Building Act 2004 (and there’s more to come).

It introduces multiple-use building approvals – a measure that will reduce duplication and fast-track the consent process for group home builders who build homes on sites across the country using the same, or similar, designs.

It also defines a new streamlined process to manage minor variations to building plans after the consent is issued. This should save time for applicants and councils.

Oh, and it makes project information memorandums, known as PIMs, voluntary. Good eh?
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