Last week, Taituarā made a submission on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Review of the Building Consent System.
Key points we made
It is great that the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is looking at all system participants – not just Building Consent Authorities (BCAs).
You can’t look at building consents in isolation from the whole system.
The key ingredients for a risk-based system.
People capacity and capability are the key issue.
Acknowledging that some administrative rationalisation is appropriate where the benefits outweigh the costs and risks and, in the interim, making it easier to voluntarily share services, transfer functions and formally establish combined BCAs.
While outside of the scope of the review, we continue to ask for the current joint and several liability situation to be changed – and if it remains in place that a cap on council liability is introduced with warranties etc.
Technical things that would make the system better.