- Thursday 16 September 2010
Sunshine Coast Council will be closing its building certification business—Country & Coastal Certifiers—to remove itself from competition with local commercial providers and to concentrate on core council building services.
Council’s Director of Development Services, Julie Edwards, said that the recent trend has been for councils to move out of building certification.
"Since the national competition policy was introduced, the number of private building certifiers has grown rapidly, along with the competitiveness of the field," Ms Edwards said.
"These circumstances have brought us to the conclusion that the community no longer needs council to provide building certification services."
Ms Edwards said that both council and Country & Coastal Certifiers will ensure that all clients’ needs will continue to be met until further notice, and services will continue to the same high standard right up to the closure of the business.
"Details of how and when Country & Coastal Certifiers services will end are still being finalised and no date has been set, but I want to assure our clients that we will keep the process as smooth as possible," Ms Edwards said.
"All current and incoming applications will be handled in the usual manner, and there will be no disadvantage to any clients.
"I also assure all our clients that their needs will continue to be met, and we will keep them informed well in advance of any changes that may impact on the services offered."
The decision to discontinue the building certification services, provided by Country and Coastal Certifiers, was made at the Ordinary Meeting on 25 August 2010.
Anyone with questions should contact the Building Services Manager on 5420 8601.