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Welcome to the December 2017 Go Ahead.
You may not realise the difference it makes when you provide complete information in your application form. Getting all the detail we need, such as the owner’s details, helps us process your application more quickly. Recently we’ve had a few applications missing this crucial detail. In some cases, information for an agent or contractor was provided instead.
You can avoid unnecessary delays by paying extra care when filling in the owner details section on page 2.
We need all the following information: the name of the owner of the building, a contact person for the owner, mailing address and contact phone numbers.
By providing this information up front, you’ll avoid any delays while we contact you to fill in the blanks.
You can now receive property files via a downloadable link, sent by email. This is a huge improvement on the previous process of customers receiving a CD in the mail or having to pick up the CD from a Service Centre.
In July 2017, law changes came into force for earthquake-prone buildings, bringing in shorter time frames to complete seismic work.
The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 replaces the provisions in the Building Act 2004 relating to earthquake-prone buildings.
Buildings with a rating of less than 34 per cent of the New Building Standard (NBS) are deemed to be earthquake-prone. These building will be issued with an earthquake-prone building notice (EPB) under section 133AL of the Building Act 2004. This will include all buildings that have received a Section 124 notice under the Building Act 2004 and all other buildings that are known to the Council to have an NBS rating of less than 34 per cent.
A shorter time frame to complete seismic work will be detailed on the new notice.
All earthquake-prone buildings will be registered on a national database(external link), which is available to the public.
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has more information relating to managing earthquake-prone buildings(external link).
Every building is designed for a specific use and has to meet Building Code requirements that ensure it will be safe, healthy and durable when used in the way it was designed. If that use changes, the building may need to be altered to support the new use.
For the purposes of sections 114 and 115 of the Building Act, change of use, in relation to a building:
If you want to change the use of a building, even if no building work is involved, section 114(external link) requires that the owner must give written notice to the Council.
An owner of a building must not change the use of the building unless the Council has given written notice that it is satisfied on reasonable grounds that:
The notification of change of use submission and any queries you have around the new process can be directed to email@example.com or call 941 8999 and ask to speak to the Duty BCO for assistance.