The planning team check any consent when it comes in ...
All plans these days will have gradients to 0.5m along with boundary and house positions accurately detailed to the nth degree on submitted plans. As is required for any building consent these days. Then, a simple exercise to calculate finished slope from garage door to boundary.
I think it would be very difficult for the person that does that to check the gradient ... [but] when you're building, you've got to make sure people can drive onto it.
Council bureaucrats standing up for the paying customer, doing their overpriced jobs as bloody box tickers and dodging any responsibility.