This page contains information on how to apply for a building consent including timeframes, information you will need to supply and links to the guidance notes and application form.
7/04/2016 10:41 a.m.
To apply for a building consent you must complete the application form and submit it to us together with the required supporting documentation.
The notes of guidance provided with the application form will help you. Use the checklist to ensure the application is fully completed as incomplete applications will not be accepted.
The process of preparing an application for a building consent can be extremely technical. We recommend that you seek the advice and guidance of a design professional or builder.
If your project is particularly large or complex you may benefit from having a pre-lodgement meeting with our building staff. This will ensure that anything needing clarification can be discussed and resolved before the application is submitted.
To download the guidance notes and application form, follow the links below. The documents open in a new window.
Completing the form
Download and save a copy to your computer first. You can then use Adobe Reader to fill it out on your computer and save it, before returning it to us.
Building Consent Application Form (AF) [3.5mb]
Building Consent Application - Guidance Notes [119kb]
Building Consent Application - Planning of Inspections [155kb]
Licensed Building Practitioners - do I need one?
If your project involves a dwelling or apartment building and contains works that include primary structure and/or exterior cladding work, you are likely to require a 'Licensed Building Practitioner' (LBP) to carry out these elements of the build and the design work related to these in your building consent application. These elements of work are referred to as 'Restricted Building Work' (RBW). Alternatively, you can carry out these works as the owner, assisted by your unpaid friends and family by supplying a declaration within your building consent application to Council.
Please refer to the link below for more information on the LBP scheme, to find an LBP and find out how it relates to your project and what it will mean for you.
Online building consents
We have introduced an online service for building consents which allows applications to be submitted and the consent pack issued electronically. There are criteria for inclusion in the scheme, which can be found by following the link below.
Online Building Consents
Project Information Memorandum
You may wish to apply for a Project Information Memorandum (PIM) which will give you important information about the site that is relevant to your project. Applying for a PIM is optional, and not a pre-requisite for applying for a building consent.
If you do not apply for a PIM you will need to satisfy yourself that the project meets all of the requirements of the District Plan as well as any legislative requirements such as the National Environmental standard for potential contaminants in soils. You can make application for a specific search for this purpose by completing the application form.
Site Search for Potential Contaminants [82kb]
For further information, follow the link below.
How long does it take to get a PIM or a building consent (BC)?
Under the Building Act 2004, Council is required to work within the following timeframes:
- Application for PIM only - 20 working days to issue
- Application for BC only (S45 Building Act 2004) - 20 working days to grant
- Application for BC only (MultiProof) - 10 working days to grant
- Application for PIM and BC together (S45 Building Act 2004) - 20 working days to issue the PIM and grant the BC
- Application for PIM and BC(MultiProof) - 10 working days to issue the PIM and grant the BC.
Working days are defined under Section 7 of the Building Act 2004 as being any day except:
- Saturday, Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign's Birthday, Labour Day and Waitangi Day
- The Monday following Waitangi Day or Anzac Day if they fall on a weekend
- Provincial Anniversaries
- The period from 20 December to 10 Janurary of the following year inclusive.
Our building officers will assess the plans and specifications to ensure they comply with the Building Code and may request further information from you. If this is the case, the processing clock will stop and your application will be suspended until you submit the required information.
For further information about the National Multiple Use Approval (Multiproof), follow the link below.
National Multiple Use Approval (MBIE website)
How to submit your application
Applications may be submitted to our customer services team at Forum North, Rust Avenue Whangarei during our usual working hours of 8am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday.
Your application will initially be checked by one of our customer services staff. This is not a technical check. The purpose of this check is to ensure that the application form has been fully completed and provides all the necessary information. They will also check that sufficient copies of plans and specifications have been supplied and that a memorandum from a Licensed Building Practitioner is included if the project includes Restricted Building Work. If this is not the case, the application will not be accepted and you will be advised of the reasons why.
Please allow at least 30 minutes for this check to be undertaken.
The customer services representative will then raise an invoice for the application fee deposit.
Applications may be submitted by mail to:
Whangarei District Council
Private Bag 9023
Applications received in via post will be subject to a check by the customer services representative who will contact you with any queries and advise of the fee to be paid.
The invoice will need to be paid before the application clock is started. You may pay directly at customer services by cash, Eftpos or credit card, or use our internet banking system.
How much will it cost?
We have a schedule of fees and charges for building consents but actual costs will vary dependent on the size and nature of the project, the number of inspections required and the quality of the supporting information supplied with the application.
Fees are calculated and payable at the time of application. The calculation is a deposit and further charges may be incurred if additional time is required to process the application or if extra inspections are carried out through the building process. Additional fees for the processing of an application will be invoiced when granting the building consent and be sent with the building consent. Fees for inspections carried out additional to those paid for at the time of application will be invoiced with the issue of a Code Compliance Certificate.
Follow the links below to see our Schedule of Fees and Charges or the Building Fees Calculator.
Building Fees Calculator
If you have any doubts or questions about the application process, or wish to book a meeting with our duty building inspector, please contact one of our Customer Service Centres for help.
Council Offices - locations and hours of opening