New Building Consent Exemptions

Adding a new cabin, shed or carport to your property just got easier.  The government has announced that from late August many of these projects will no longer require Building Consent. However, before you pull out the power tools, its a smart idea to make sure your project qualifies for the exemption. For example, the exemption […]

Scrap the bus timetable: is on demand public transport the way of the future?

For the first time in New Zealand, on demand public transport will be trialed in Timaru next year as a replacement for existing public bus routes. But what exactly does “on demand” public transport look like? Timaru, like many cities across New Zealand and globally, has struggled to maintain patronage and as a result, financial […]

Business in the ‘burbs

Are you planning to open a business in a residential area, or to run a business from home? Make sure you’re aware of the resource consent requirements for your operations. City and district plans traditionally set out specific zones for commercial activities and others for residential use. However, some small businesses choose to operate in […]