Consents Officer - Bylaws and Building Act

At the Otago Regional Council, our mission is to support the sustainable management of our environment. We’ve recently made some transformational changes within our organisation, enabling us to focus on how we work together to be sure we can deliver on our promises and continually improve how we serve our communities. We’re not overstating when we say we have some big targets to reach, and now we need the right people, in the right roles, to help us to get there.

The Opportunity

The ORC is currently on the lookout for a highly motivated individual to join us in a 2-year fixed term position in a newly created role involving processing bylaw approvals and applications relating to the construction of large dams under the Building Act 2004.

As a Consents Officer – Bylaws and Building Act, you will be responsible for evaluating and advising on bylaw applications along with providing expert advice to external and internal stakeholders on current and future bylaws. You will work closely with other units of the Council, in particular our Engineering and Hazards Unit, as well as with external stakeholders.

The Otago Regional Council is accredited as a Building Consent Authority for the construction of large dams throughout Otago, Southland and the West Coast. As a Consents Officer – Bylaws and Building Act, you will be responsible for evaluating and advising on applications under the Building Act 2004, you will provide expert advice to stakeholders on the Building Consent Authority functions and you will assist in maintaining the Council’s continued Building Consent Authority accreditation. For the processing of Building Act applications, you will work closely with external consultants and engineers who provide technical input for the application process, along with the applicants. You will also work closely with the Manager Consents in maintaining the procedures, quality assurance system and any other matters that relate to the Building Consent Authority accreditation.

You will form a key part of a close-knit, results-oriented team. Valued for your ability to meet and adhere to deadlines and the quality of your technical advice, you will be integral to the success of the consenting function at ORC. You’ll be committed to achieving outcomes and providing excellent customer service to those both internal and external to the organisation, as well as someone who can build and maintain relationships at all levels.

About You

To be successful in this role you will need to hold a relevant tertiary qualification and have knowledge of Building Act 2004, Building Code and the relevant bylaws. You will be a confident and succinct communicator, able to negotiate and advocate Council’s viewpoint where appropriate, and a team-player through and through. You’ll be able to manage your time effectively and efficiently to maximise outputs and be consistently looking to identify operational and process improvements that will impact positively on those around you.

So, why ORC? Well, we think Otago is an amazing place – to live in, work in and to visit. At the Otago Regional Council, we’re proud to be working each day, together with our communities, to keep it that way for our future.

If you share this passion and can align your skills and experience to what we’ve outlined above, we would love to hear from you!

How to Apply

Please note, NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa is essential for this role.

Please complete the online application form for the position that you are applying for, attach your cover letter and CV detailing your relevant qualifications and experience and submit.

For further information, please contact Jac Grey, Recruitment and Learning Partner –

Apply online now >>

Please note:  If you are having problems submitting your details through the online form, please email

Applications close Sunday 29th September 2019.


Back to top
Online Maps & Data: