Auckland Council is reminding builders and construction companies to ensure they have council building consent before going ahead with work – otherwise it could be costly. Platform Homes started work on 26 townhouses in Flat Bush without council consent and, due to the seriousness of the breach, were prosecuted. Kerri Fergusson, Auckland Council Manager Compliance & Investigations says, “[Council consent] is for a number of reasons, including public safety and ensuring the integrity and quality of the construction work being done with public safety being paramount.”