High Demand Means Delays in Inspections February 12, 2021 Listen Rangitīkei District, like many Districts in New Zealand, is experiencing rapid growth in the building sector. While this is fantastic for our District, it means that our staff are finding it difficult to keep up with the work that is associated with this increase. As a result we have created new vacancies to cope with the demand, previously unforeseen when we were planning for an anticipated economic slowdown following Covid-19 lockdowns. In addition, Council’s major consenting subcontractor in this area has announced that while they will continue to accept building consents for processing, they cannot commit to meeting the 20 working day timeframe but will keep trying their best to do so. There will now be at least a two-week lead-in time for any building inspections. There are also delays in the processing of consents, so until further notice our building team will not be doing inspections on Wednesdays or Fridays, to allow them time to undertake the required processing work. We kindly ask you to please be patient with our staff and make sure you book your inspections well ahead of time to avoid disappointment and delays in building work. We are doing all we can to catch up and improve our service times. We apologise for any inconvenience resulting from our approach to dealing with the high demands on our building team. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.