Hurray, it’s the first day of summer today and today also marks the first day of the new Auckland Council. The change in local government structure in Auckland promises lots of change although, with respect to building and resource consents, it is pretty much business as usual with the exception of a few noticeable changes detailed below:
- New application forms for building and resource consents – if you are lodging either of these you will need to go here for resource consent application forms and here for building consent application forms;
- New application fees for building and resource consents. To find out the likely deposit fees and hourly rates for council staff processing your consent go here;
- New contact information, including a new main reception/contact number of 09 301 0101;
New ward boundaries and councillors and a new mayor this also means that there may be changes in internal council processes i.e. who has delegated authority to approve and/or decline consent applications;
But for now the rules that govern what can and cannot be done without resource consent remain unchanged i.e. the existing district plan rules remain in place (so too do council bylaws but these are likely to be changed much more quickly than the district plan rules).
Also, information such as property and rating information can still be obtained on the previous council websites (i.e. Auckland City Council) and knowing what ‘previous’ council your property was located within is still important when it comes to filling out the resource consent application forms (for the reason that the existing district plan rules are still in place). If you are new to Auckland or have forgotten which previous council your property belonged to the Auckland Council website helpfully provides a function to let you know which council (and therefore district plans) is relevant, see image below:
Still tuned to find out other changes that may affect you. Cheap Titles will be providing further advice and thoughts on the local government changes in further articles. Let us know your thoughts/comments on this article or on the new Auckland Council in general.