2017 should be a year of consolidation, particularly in respect to construction activity in Canterbury. This will allow the sector to concentrate on the quality of delivery and opportunities to change and improve services.
With that in mind, I am excited to take the position as the new Head of Building Consenting, tackling the challenge of getting it “right first time”.
This edition has some good advice for consent applications and inspections, and includes a quick interactive quiz so see if you’re as smart as an inspector!
The Christchurch City Council is currently working on a project that is reviewing how staged building consents for the construction or alteration of a building are managed. Staging in the context of this article does not apply to a project for constructing a group of buildings where each separate building is seen as a stage.
The staging of building work can be beneficial for the owner and the Council. For the owner it means they can start building while completing design work for later stages, while for the Council, processing a large-scale project in stages will assist with application processing times.
Please note that the above proposed process and benefits are still to be confirmed and may change.
It is expected that if these proposed changes are confirmed the staged building work consenting process will come into effect from June 2017.
Take a look at the comparison of building consents issued and inspections completed over January, February and March for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The Christchurch City Council has set up a new page on our website to provide tips to customers on how to avoid the most common reasons for building consent requests for information (RFIs).
In the process of getting your building consent granted, it is quite common to receive a request for information due to missing information. RFIs are the main source of delays during the building consent process, the project is put on hold until the information requested is provided. This is costing time and money, to the designer, the homeowner and to the Council staff too.
Our new Avoiding requests for information page combines all the most commons RFI questions for residential and commercial buildings and provides tips and solutions to avoid them. And the main result? The quality of your building consent application will be better and it will be processed more quickly.
Christchurch City Council has further developed the Infrastructure Design Standards to include digital data capture. The CCC web site now has web pages dedicated to accessing the digital data standards required. As part of this programme the standards have been generated for wastewater pressure sewerage systems.
Click on the image above to read more details.
You can find more information on assets and data that is required on the As-Built Survey and Data Requirements page.
For waste water pressure sewerage systems see pages 62 through to 73 in Appendix D - As-built Requirements for Gravity Wastewater [PDF, 4.3 MB]. This is where the data requirements are documented. Each asset has a data standard (an example is included below).
There is also a link to the data templates required to provide the required As Built information detailed on this web page.
The sample of the template structure is detailed below:
If you need assistance in the completion of these new requirements, please contact the CCC Asset Systems team by calling (03) 941 8999.
The Asset Management Team look forward to receiving the first of these new asset in the digital formats included on the website.
The schedule of estimated inspections that forms part of your building consent is an estimate and additional inspections may be necessary, depending on the nature of the building work and the manner of construction, or as a result of non-complying or incomplete work.
If you believe you may need an inspection that is not on the schedule of estimated inspections, please enquire with our scheduling team on 941 8222.
It is easier to resolve an inspection that may be required and is not on the list throughout the construction than it is at the final inspection.
If an inspection is missed throughout the build the Council may require documentation such as a detailed construction methodology statement, photographs and other appropriate documentation. This can cause delays with your code compliance application so if there is any question in your mind if an inspection is not on the list and may be required please enquire early with the scheduling team.