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Website updates

We are working on some of our website content with the intention of making it more useful to users.

In the Building Services area we have recently done work in the Forms, Asbestos, LIMs and Producer Statement Author areas.

I hope you’ll agree that these changes make our section more readable. Keep dropping back in to check on our progress. – Brendan Monaghan, 6 April 2016

Height of structures

It is important that you show actual ground levels on elevation plans for buildings. Showing ground levels at the outset will ensure that everyone involved is aware of what the effects of an activity are, and will also reduce any complications when it comes to monitoring and final sign off.

When calculating the height of structures under the Proposed Invercargill City District Plan, the Council now uses a “rolling height method”, which is the same as that used in the Southland District. No longer is the ground level be averaged over the length of the building, and instead we now look at the actual ground level. Read more:

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Changes to pool fence rules

The Government has repealed the Fencing of Swimming Pools Act 1987 from 1 January 2017.The Rules are now part of the Building Act 2004 and owners’ responsibility for safety has not been relaxed as some may believe.

Proposed District Plan status of provisions

The period for which submitters had the opportunity to appeal decisions on the Proposed District Plan has now closed.  A total of 16 appeals have been received. These will be processed through the Environment Court to resolve the issues.

In the meantime, the status of the District Plan provisions has changed yet again.

All provisions in the Proposed District Plan that are not subject to an appeal are now to be treated as operative, meaning the rules that they replace are inoperative.  Therefore, for many consents you will now only need to comply with the Proposed District Plan.

Where a rule has been appealed,  all subdivisions and developments will need to comply with the relevant provisions in both the Operative District Plan and the Proposed District Plan – Appeals Version. The appeals cover a range of issues, such as opposition to decisions on the provisions in the Residential 3 and Seaport 2 Zones, and opposition to most of the Biodiversity provisions, as well as some of the Infrastructure provisions.

A Proposed District Plan document highlighting the provisions that are subject to an appeal can be viewed here.

There are brochures on the Planning Guides and Forms page that outline the key rules for the Residential, Otatara and Rural zones.

NOTE: It will pay to double check your development proposal with the Council’s Duty Planner  (03) 211 1777 if you have any Planning concerns.


Land Information Memorandum

If you are considering buying a home or commercial building you should be aware that the Council holds some information that may be useful  for you to have as you make your decision.

This information can be  provided to you in a Land Information Memorandum (LIM).

A LIM  contains  a lot of information relating to a property and is  a very useful document to have as you do your due diligence.

  • For more information visit the LIM page.



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