Coun­cil get IANZ con­sent ap­proval

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The Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil looks set to re­tain its accreditation as a Build­ing Con­sent Author­ity.

Fol­low­ing a bi­en­nial au­dit, In­ter­na­tional Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) or­dered the coun­cil to un­der­take 10 cor­rec­tive ac­tions or risk los­ing accreditation in May.

A new assess­ment was un­der­taken in Oc­to­ber and the sub­se­quent re­port ad­vises a rec- om­men­da­tion for accreditation to con­tinue will be made once two fi­nal cor­rec­tive ac­tion re­quests are cleared.

A coun­cil state­ment says the ac­tions are ‘‘mi­nor’’.

‘‘One re­quires a change to en­sure that amend­ments to build­ing con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions are not is­sued with sep­a­rate code com­pli­ance cer­tifi­cates. The other re­quires a re­view and re­vi­sion of the way spec­i­fied sys­tems are de­scribed,’’ the state­ment says.

The coun­cil has been given un­til Jan­uary 27 to com­plete the ac­tions.

The re­port noted that com­pli­ance had ‘‘im­proved con­sid­er­ably’’ since the last assess­ment in May.

Coun­cil plan­ning and devel­op­ment man­ager Tony Avery said the out­come of the IANZ re­view re­flected the huge amount of work that the Build­ing Con­trol Team had car­ried out since the be­gin­ning of the year.

Changes in­cluded re­cruit­ing more staff.

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