Bella Vista in­spec­tions saga leaves coun­cil sign-offs in limbo

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TAU­RANGA City Coun­cil might be about to lose its abil­ity to sign off on build­ing in­spec­tions af­ter the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion, and Em­ploy­ment said it was ‘‘closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion’’ fol­low­ing the failed Bella Vista Homes saga which saw 21 homes evac­u­ated and con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous or af­fected, de­spite pass­ing coun­cil in­spec­tions.

‘‘As the Build­ing Con­sent Author­ity, Coun­cil is re­spon­si­ble for the con­sent­ing process of house builds and is­su­ing code com­pli­ance cer­tifi­cates,’’ MBIE’s Paul Hobbs said.

‘‘They also have re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­spect build­ing work for which they granted a build­ing con­sent.’’

If se­ri­ous or re­peated non­com­pli­ance is iden­ti­fied, MBIE said it would as­sess whether the coun­cil had failed.

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