Getting a building consent will soon be an easier process for Ashburton District builders and homeowners.
From 8 April building consent applications will be able to be made online through the Council website.
Council Building Services Manager Michael Wong says "Customers can now apply for a building consent without having to come into the Council office,"
Mr Wong says this is part of a move to provide more building control information and services through the Council website.
"We are progressively working towards enabling residents to make applications, payments and requests for service online," said Mr Wong.
Mr Wong says online building consent applications will make a significant improvement in the service the building team delivers.
"We recently made the move to fully computerise all our building consent processes and this is another significant step towards improving the level of service our building team delivers," he said.
Mr Wong says Council piloted the online process with several local companies and made improvements based on their feedback.
"With the further refinements to the process we're confident that it is an easy to use and simple process." he said.
Mr Wong says that this year, the Council building team will also be trialling tablets which would allow inspection results to be e-mailed to builders on site.