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Building Consent Processes Affecting Growth Potential
Problems with Building Consent processes impacting regional growth potential
These factors appear to be having an increasing influence on builders and developers when making regional investment decisions. Some respondents stating that they plan to never again develop in some cities.
According to the study director, Paul Linnell; "The challenges that the building consent process brings to councils are extensive and cannot be resolved from the findings of a single survey. However, this study does provide an indication of how the process is regarded by one of the key stakeholders - the building industry. In doing so, the study provides participating councils with a valuable focus for prioritising service improvement investments".
"This year we received responses from customers of 33 different councils. Respondents included builders (large and small), architects, building consultants, project managers, developers and home owners".
The study showed that problems were experienced by a
larger percentage of customers in 2008 than the year before. More than
two in every three respondents (66.8%) indicated that they had
experienced problems with the building consent process.
The study suggested an even larger increase in the percentage of customers experiencing problems with building inspection services. In 2007 only 28% reported that they had experienced problems. In the 2008 study the percentage had increased to 65%.
Paul Linnell explains "The study showed that most significant 'points of pain' for customers involved issues that had a direct impact on the eventual cost of their projects and on the time taken to complete them".
Although the specific types of problems experienced by customers of each council varied, the most frequently reported sources of dissatisfaction involved:
CTMA also operates an ongoing satisfaction-tracking programme that serves as a management tool to help individual councils manage the service-quality of their building consent processes. This is helping council management identify strengths and improvement opportunities for individual members of staff and identify opportunities to improve service and address issues with specific consent types and processes.
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CTMA is a service quality improvement firm that provides a range of consulting and customer satisfaction research services to help organisations build loyalty and advocacy by improving their service to customers. Its consulting and research services help organisations identify sources of customer dissatisfaction, prioritise remedial actions and improve the customer experience. In addition to its client-specific services, CTMA also conducts benchmarking and best-practice studies to help public and private sector organisations develop their customer relationship strategies.