The Versatile franchise in Richmond is the first in the country to submit a successful consent application using a new online application system.
Versatile Homes franchisee Ged Hammar says the new system is easy to use, and has already sped things up.
“It saves so much time,” he said.
“Faster lodging and less driving to meetings – they are both good wins for our business”.
The ability to duplicate application for similar projects was also a real benefit for Versatile,as they work across Buller, Tasman, Nelson and Marlborough councils.
In the first four weeks of trails, 59 online submissions have been made with 54 accepted and 38 lodged and being processed at councils.
Tasman District Council Building Assurance Manager Sharon Threadwell said the new system was part of ongoing efforts to improve service and speed up consent processing while maintaining quality standards.
“We’re here to make sure people who choose to build get safe, well-built homes and structures. At the same time, we want to provide a high level of service to the industry. This system helps us achieve both of those things.”
Nelson City and Tasman District Councils have been working together for some time to provide an easy-to-use online building consent application process called GoShift.
As well as providing a single process for companies who work with multiple councils, GoShift also automatically tailors itself to the application – meaning you only have to provide the information required for the project.
In addition, people using the new service can:
- View records and previous applications
- Copy applications for a similar project
- Receive automatic notifications if more information is required.
After final testing, the service is planned to be in use by 1 July 2017.