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New system aims to deliver simpler, faster building consents

Thursday November 24 2016

We're taking steps to make it easier to apply for a building consent.

Palmerston North City Council is one of more than 20 councils that are working together to bring consistency to the building consent process.

The vision of the initiative, called GoShift, is to deliver a consistent, and timely consenting experience with the aim of delivering simpler, faster building consents, says Council customer services general manager, Peter Eathorne.

The partnership is supported by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

Mr Eathorne says GoShift councils are now using consistent application forms and guidance.

“Anyone who is making a building consent related application at Palmerston North City or Manawatū District Council from 1 December 2016 needs to use the GoShift forms,” he says.

They’ll be available on both the Palmerston North City and Manawatū District Council websites from 1 December 2016.

The new forms are the first stage of a wider programme Council is introducing. 

“We’ll be creating a new electronic building consents service in Palmerston North next year, which will make it cheaper and easier for people to apply for building consents and track their progress online,” says Mr Eathorne.