It has been a busy year for the council’s building consents team

Team “best in the country”

by Mike Isle

The Selwyn District Council’s building team has come in for praise following its two-year accreditation assessment.

The team was congratulated on its processes during the accreditation assessment by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ), which conducts the review on behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The review is required by law every two years.

The IANZ assessors praised the council for having the best complaints process for building practitioners it had seen in the country. It also commended the team for its excellent training programme and its continuous improvement system, which regularly audits the team’s work to make sure it is up to standard and suggest improvements that could be made.

Council building manager Vanessa Mitchell says the assessment was a huge positive for the team managing an extremely high workload averaging 200 consents a month and working in one of the fastest-growing districts in the country.

“It takes all the staff doing their work to the highest standards to achieve that compliance level. It shows that we can have confidence in the team and that the procedures in place are ensuring we run like a well-oiled machine.”

The accreditation success comes after another busy and successful year for the council’s building team.

The Annual Report for 2018/19 shows that in the year to 30 June 2019, 2,218 building consents were issued, compared to 2,458 in the previous year.

Overall, 94% of building consents were issued within the 20-day statutory timeframe, with an average processing time of 13.8 days.