Tag Archives: Building Control

DCC ‘money go round’ embedded

Comment by Phil
February 6, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Hopefully the new policy of doing away with the DCC “Money Go Round” game will apply throughout the entire organisation. The IT department charges each DCC employee $1,500 per month for the lease of a standard PC. That’s nearly $20k a year, for a standard office computer. Can you even buy a computer today for $20k?

Building Control charges DCC departments for processing internal building consents. Those departments in turn pay Building Control from ratepayer income.

City Property charges other DCC departments for work in preparing leases and the buying or selling of property on behalf.

Citifleet bills each department every month for the use of their vehicles.

The staff involved in looking after Community Housing (there’s about 6 in total, including maintenance staff) are funded entirely by rental revenue gathered from the city’s pensioners. The level of costs determines the cost of the rent. Remember the $20k annual charge per PC from the IT department and the charging for bathroom renovation building consents from Building Control ?

The Civic Centre building is rented by the DCC, to DCC departments, at standard CBD rental rates. Where does the money for that rental profit come from ?

The list goes on.

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Licensed building practitioners

From March 1, most residential construction work which already requires building consents will need to be undertaken by licensed building practitioners.

Most industry practitioners were aware of the changes, but it was also important anyone considering any “DIY” work on their home knew about the new requirements. –Neil McLeod, DCC building control

### ODT Online Sun, 22 Jan 2012
Campaign to improve quality in building sector
By Matthew Haggart
A legislation change to ensure building practitioners are licensed for the construction work they carry out on houses will bring better accountability to the sector in the wake of the leaky homes scandal, industry authorities say. The Department of Building and Housing has launched a two-year campaign which is aimed at improving the quality of building in New Zealand and increasing the confidence of consumers – just weeks before a legislation change takes effect.
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(via ODT) Licensed building practitioners include:
• Designers
• Carpenters
• Roofers
• External plasterers
• Bricklayers
• Blocklayers

Restricted building work categories:
• Foundations
• Framing
• Roofing
• Cladding
• Fire safety systems and alarms

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Dunedin building and construction (+DCC fees) #leaky

### ODT Online Wed, 2 Feb 2011
All up to speed in upgrades
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Major upgrades of Dunedin buildings central to public life are running on time, the Dunedin City Council says.
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Dunedin dream home becomes nightmare
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