Media release: SDC building forms go online

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Southland District Council has launched the first stage of its electronic building consents.

The Simpli online portal is the customer interface that allows people to complete and lodge building consent forms online. Previously, this was a manual, paper process.

Simpli is the first phase of a two-part process to have all building forms managed online. The second phase is the integration of GoGet software, which will allow building control officers to be able to process the forms online. The completed system is expected to go live by June.

The Simpli/GoGet package is being used by more than 30 other councils throughout New Zealand. Invercargill city, Gore district and Southland District councils are all moving to use the same software systems for their building consent work.

Group manager-environmental services Fran Mikulicic says Council chose to launch the Simpli portal first because “there were efficiencies that would be gained for our customers and key stakeholders. We could see the benefits for the customer, so that’s why we wanted to get Simpli up and running straight away. People will be able to submit from their own homes, any time of the day or night.”

The Simpli portal was tested before Christmas with industry representatives. Ms Mikulicic says they found it “really easy” to use. “We showed them once, then they were able to do it themselves. It’s a fairly logical, intuitive process.”

Training sessions for industry members and the public will be held soon at some of SDC’s area offices. Staff will be on hand to help people familiarise themselves with the new software. All sessions will be from 9am until 2pm.

Dates are:
17 February: Riverton. 26 February: Lumsden. 28 February: Otautau. 2 March: Te Anau.

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