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AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 07:40 02/07/2013

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Wanting access to a building file in Timaru?

You could be landed with a $25 fee under a new Timaru District Council policy.

Council customer services manager Jenny Ensor said the charge will apply to anyone wanting information about buildings in the district, except for ratepayers who front up in person to view information on their own properties.

"This service has been free for many years, but as with most businesses, part of the cost is now being passed to the end user."

She said files would be available for viewing the business day after the request was made.

"The service will continue to be free to a ratepayer who is viewing their own file in person and a fee of $25 [GST inclusive] will be payable to view any other file."

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