Making our fees more transparent
Most of our building and resource consent fees are charged on an hourly basis to recover the cost of staff time spent processing applications.
Customers pay a deposit when lodging their application and pay the difference, or are refunded, when the final cost is known.
The range of services we provide is very broad and the amount of work required varies greatly.
What we are proposing
We are proposing to restructure many of our fees, particularly those for smaller jobs that require less work. Some fees are being moved to fixed charges or to a base fee with additional charges for hours worked.
We are also adjusting some deposits. This will ensure that customers pay upfront costs or deposits that are much closer to the likely final charge.
- registration for Independent Qualified Persons – fee will be charged triennially rather than annually
- building applications – simplifying the fee structure and reducing fees for small projects.
- As the focus is on improving transparency and simplifying administration, the proposed changes are not forecast to increase council revenue significantly.
New fees and increases to some fees to recover our costs
We are proposing to introduce some new regulatory fees (or deposits) and raise some fees including:
- scooter licensing – new deposit to be introduced for commercial operators
- the high impact commercial event permit - increase fee from $1100 to $1500 (including GST)
- Auckland Botanic Garden – introduce an entry charge of $20 for international visitors.
For some services, the cost of providing them has risen faster than inflation.
Fees for these services need to rise to ensure users, rather than ratepayers, continue to cover the cost.
We are also increasing some of our other fees by inflation to meet cost increases.
Learn more about these proposed changes
You can read more about the proposed changes from page 19 of the
Supporting Information document.
The supporting information includes:
- a full list of the new fees
- fee structure changes
- fees rising by more than the rate of inflation.