With 77 building consent applications so far this month, the Waimakariri District Council is expecting building activity for new houses to last at least for this year - and probably longer.
Over the last decade the district council issued permits for an average of 450 dwellings a year; last year this jumped to more than 800 dewelling permits issued.
''Building activity over the next 3-5 years will be influenced in the main by the rebuild of damaged housing stock, and the decisions of Christchurch-based citizens who choose to relocate to Waimakariri District in search of good ground and affordable housing,'' said Warren Taylor of the Waimakariri District's building unit.
''A consequence of this is expected to be a lift in new commercial construction in both Kaiapoi and Rangiora as service industries and retailers move to deliver services locally.''
He expected the availability of land across Canterbury generally to be what influenced decisions on where to build.
Building inspectors were continuing to work on Saturdays to keep up with demand.
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