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Published: 2012-04-12 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council has passed its latest building consent authority assessment with flying colours, the council’s resource use and environmental monitoring committee heard yesterday.

The council acts as the authority responsible for building consents for large dams on behalf of all the North Island’s regional councils, including Auckland Council. Waikato Regional Council agreed to undertake this specialized role in 2008 to minimize the costs to North Island communities funding their regional councils in achieving and maintaining building consent authority accreditation.

A review team from International Accreditation NZ (IANZ) recently completed its bi-annual assessment of Waikato Regional Council over two days.

Council Building Act officer Owen Smith was pleased to advise the committee that apart from a few “minor” administrative issues, the assessment found that the council’s processes were to a very high standard.

Committee chair Lois Livingston  said: “This is an excellent result and reflects highly on the Building Act team which has responsibility for delivering this function on behalf of all North Island regional councils.”