The Ashburton District Council has issued $165 million worth of building consents in the past year.
The Council signed off 1193 building consents, with the value of work totalling $165,521,437. Both the number of consents and the value of work were higher than in 2013-14.
Building Services Manager Michael Wong said it had been another busy year for the Council. "The number of building inspections was up on the previous year and we have been dealing with larger and more complex buildings. We have also been providing more advice on site as we work with the industry to support a higher success rate for building inspections."
The Council carried out 5051 inspections in 2014-15. Of these, 4609 inspections passed and only 8.8 per cent failed. In 2013-14 and 2012-13, the failure rate was 16.4 per cent and 16.7 per cent respectively. Mr Wong said he was delighted with the result and had had other Councils contacting his team to learn more about their work with the building industry.
More than 96 per cent of building consents were processed within 20 working days, though this was still below the Council's target of 100 per cent. "We were able to achieve a high rate through electronic processing. Most of the consents that were not processed within this timeframe were more complex commercial projects," Mr Wong said.