Council to use new standard building consent forms

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Stratford District 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 Pat Moore, Regulatory Manager.

The partnership is supported by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Pat says GoShift councils are now using consistent application forms and guidance. “Anyone who is making a building consent related application needs to now use the GoShift forms,” he says.

The new forms can be found here on Council’s website.

The new forms are the first stage of this initiative. Standardised processing checklists and approval processes will be released later this year.

In the future a new online portal will be available which will not only enable an easier application process but also allow for data standardisation and sharing of expertise and resources. Until that time applications will only be accepted in hard copy format as at present.