A person living in England has applied for building consent in Carterton using the GoShift online service.
Dave Gittings, Carterton District Council planning and regulatory manager, said the applicant was impressed with the ease of the new system.
"Instead of having to send paper copies from the other side of the world, they were able to complete everything they needed for their application online," he said. "And they could do it at a time that suited them without having to stay up until our offices opened so they could talk to someone."
The applicant was seeking permission to add a minor dwelling to an existing property they own near Carterton.
Dave says the remote application highlighted the value in having an online service that could be used at anytime from anywhere in the world.