Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mike Butler: Consent fees reduction needed



Forget about fevered opposition to proposed Resource Management Act changes from the Green Party, Labour, Maori Party, Environmental Defence and Forest and Bird. If you want to build or modify your home or garage, some consent fees have increased by 600 percent since implementation of the Building Act 2004. Building consent fees for a new garage were $231.35 in 2005 soared to $1401 this year, with an extra resource consent fee of $510 added in a project to relocate an existing garage. Crippling requirements have meant many building improvements have become too costly and difficult to be worthwhile.

Here are some building consent charges levied by the Hastings District Council since 1994.

$10,000 to relocate garage 2013
(The three amounts denote charge, GST, and total amount) Administration charge $117.39, $17.61, $135.
Bld officer processing $174.38, $26.22,$201.
Asset damage deposit $434.78, $65.22, $500.
Asset damage insp. fee $86.96, $13.04, $100.
Consent planning officer$66.95, $10.05, $77.
Plansmart fee $69.57, $10.43, $80.
Accreditation fee $15.65, $2.35, $18.
Inspection deposit $252.17, $37.83, $290.
GST adjustment $0.01, ($0.01),

Total $1218.26, $182.74, $1401.

A resource consent was required because relocating a garage is a controlled activity.

Planning consent deposit $443.48, $66.52, $510.

TOTAL $1661.74, $249.26, $1911.

$30,000 to alter building, erect garage 2005
Administration charge $26.66, $3.34, $30.
Bld officer processing $105.56, $13.19, $118.75.
Consent planning officer $22.89, $2.86, $25.75.
Inspection deposit $311.43, $38.93, $350.36.
Building document fee $26.67, $3.33, $30.

Total $493.21, $61.65, $554.86.

$5000 to erect garage 2005
Administration charge $13.33, $1.67, $15.
Bldg officer inspection $84.44, $10.56, $95.
Building mileage charge $2.32, $0.28, $2.60.
PA building officer $105.56, $6.24, $118.75.

TOTAL $205.65, $18.75, $231.35.

$13,000 to extend three flats 1994
Bldg consent $352, $44.03, $396.25.
Microfilming $8.89, $1.11, $10.

Total $360.89, $45.14, $406.25.

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