Building and Building Consents

Information about the building consent process

If you are planning to build a new building, make internal or external renovations to your home (or any other buildings on your property), relocate a building or demolish a building – you need to consider whether you’ll need a Building Consent.

What is a building consent?

A Building Consent is formal approval from Council, under the Building Act 2004, that allows you to carry out building work. The Council will issue a building consent only when it is satisfied that the proposed building work will meet the requirements of the Building Code.

A building consent is required for all building work, including plumbing and drainage, unless it has been listed as exempt by Schedule 1 of the Building Act 2004. Click here for a guide to building work that does not need a building consent.

All building work must meet the minimum requirements of the building code even if no building consent is required.

A Project Information Memorandum (PIM) may also be requested as part of the Building Consent process. Click here for information on getting a PIM.

If you are still not sure whether you need a building consent please contact a Building Control Officer to discuss your plans.

Click here to contact a member of the Building Control Team.

Click here to Apply for a Building Consent

Unconsented building work

Applying for a Building Consent once the work is completed is not an option – a Building Consent cannot be issued at this time. If you don’t get a consent before the work starts, it is deemed as illegal and you could face fines or legal action.

Alterations

When making alterations to a building there are requirements to consider to ensure compliance with section 112 of the Building Act 2004. These requirements are:

  • Access and Facilities for Persons with Disabilities
  • Means of Escape from Fire

Change of Use, Extension of Life, or Subdivision of Buildings

If you are considering changing the use of a building, section 115 of the Building Act 2004 requires you to notify Council in writing.

We will consider the need for upgrade works in order to achieve compliance with the Building Code. These works will require a building consent.

If a building consent has been issued previously with a condition that the building must be altered on or before the end of the specified intended life, any alterations must be in accordance with the condition and must comply with the requirements of section 112 of the Building Act 2004 as stated above.

If you have applied for a subdivision under section 224 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), you may also require a building consent under section 116A of the Building Act 2004 which ensures that the building will comply with the building code, as near as is reasonably practicable, in respect to:

  • Access and Facilities for Persons with Disabilities
  • Means of Escape from Fire
  • Protection from other Property

The Council must also be satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that the building will continue to comply with the building code to at least the same extent as previously

Restricted Building Work

Restricted building work is work that’s critical to make a home structurally sound and weathertight. You must use Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) to design and carry out this work. LBPs must do or supervise this work.

Your choice of designer, builder or tradesperson is important as not all building practitioners are licensed.

Each LBP who works on your home must provide a Certificate of Design Work or Record of Building Work.

Contact a member of the Building Control Team to discuss your project or click here for more information on Restricted Building Work.

Owner-Builder Exemptions

You can build, renovate or repair your own home using the Owner-Builder Exemption, but you still need to meet Building Code requirements and you will not need to be or use a licensed building practitioner (LBP) for any restricted building work on your home.

You are an owner-builder if you:

  • live in or are going to live in the home (this includes a bach or holiday home)
  • carry out the restricted building work to your own home yourself, or with the help of your unpaid friends and family members
  • have not used the Owner-Builder Exemption to carry out restricted building work to any other home in the previous 3 years.

Contact a member of the Building Control Team to discuss your project or click here for more information on Owner-Builder Exemptions

Any concerns?

If, at any time during the process, you have any concerns with how your application has been handled, processed, inspected or certified, please contact your Building Control Team in the first instance.

You can also contact the Council directly using the Enquiry, Complaint or Compliment form

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) also has a series of options for resolving problems, such as Determinations, Formal Complaints, and Mediation

Click here for more information on Resolving problems

Building Team Contacts

Click here to Meet the Team

How to apply for a building consent – new section added

Click here to find out about Applying for a building consent

Getting a PIM

Click here for information on Getting a PIM

Processing your building consent application

Click here to find out How your application is processed

Building Consent Fees

Click here to find out about Building Consent Fees

Building Inspections

Click here to find out How building work is inspected

Code Compliance Certificate – new section added

Click here to find out How building work is certified

Compliance Schedules and Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)

Click here to find out about ComplianceSchedules and Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF)

Reviewed by BCA, September 2018